am·​ble | \ ˈam-bəl How to pronounce amble (audio) \
ambled; ambling\ ˈam-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce amble (audio) \

Definition of amble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go at or as if at an easy gait : saunter spent the day ambling through the park



Definition of amble (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an easy gait of a horse in which the legs on the same side of the body move together
2 : an easy gait
3 : a leisurely walk took a casual amble through the gardens

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ambler \ ˈam-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce amble (audio) \ noun

Examples of amble in a Sentence

Verb We ambled along as we talked. They ambled down the road. Noun we had a lovely amble about the quaint village before continuing our drive
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even as museumgoers amble around the sculpture garden cooing over cute little carlets, the rest of the world trundles around in clumsy behemoths. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 22 July 2021 Visit the fairytale setting of the Donadea castle and the surrounding forest; amble along the Grand Canal; and catch a race at the Curragh (the area's horse-breeding reputation precedes itself). T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2021 While some go Zoom, others amble at a more leisurely pace. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Unlike most national parks, White Sands allows pets basically anywhere people can go, except inside buildings, which means nine miles of trails and backcountry dune exploration to amble through with your furry friend. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 Clareon’s father, Clarence Williams, said the boy was now able to amble around the house and in the yard. Charles J. Johnson,, 4 May 2021 To rambunctiously sing aloud and proud, to answer nature’s frisky call, to amble about in meandering flights of fancy, to revel in the bizarreness of life. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Then amble across the volcanic desert of Emstrur, where the landscape goes from lunar to lush. Britt Smith,, 21 Apr. 2021 On summer and early fall weekends, an empty concrete lot behind the Seward Park Co-ops echoes with R&B jams as New Yorkers amble through, buying anything from Argentinian-style empanadas to vintage advertising prints. Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Born and raised in San Clemente, Calif., the son of a professional surfer from the 1980s and early ’90s, Andino has always been a short amble away from the steady break at T Street and the sporadic pumpers at Upper and Lower Trestles. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Andersson led research published in 2016 that identified the gene that grants Icelandic horses their unique amble. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2021 On a quiet amble through the Wallace Desert Garden, a visitor can see birds atop the saguaros, pollinators on the vibrant red and yellow flowers of barrel cactuses, the clarity of the air in a place far from the city. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, 15 Nov. 2020 But even those of us not so anesthetized shouldn’t expect to be taking or following an easy, pleasant amble. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2020 Skip the beach one morning for an amble through the historic capital city of St. George and discover a 300-year-old fortress with working cannons, stunning Georgian architecture, and, of course, an amazing spice market. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2020 But the pull of difference was matched with a sense, at least as strong, that the border didn’t so much divide two nations as amble over a contiguous region. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2019 But a cockroach’s amble relies on more central control. Scientific American, 30 Aug. 2019 Walk your dinner off with a lazy amble along the canal before checking into the ultra-contemporary Hotel Arok, a welcome change of pace to end your time in Alsace. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of amble


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amble


Middle English amblen "(of a horse) to go at an amble, go at an easy gait," borrowed from Anglo-French ambler, aumbler (in present participle amblant) (continental Old French anbler), going back to Latin ambulāre "to go on foot, walk, walk for pleasure or health, travel," from amb- "around, about" + -ulāre, probably going back to a verb base *al-, going back to Indo-European *h2elh2- "wander," whence also Umbrian amboltu "(s/he) must go around," Greek aláomai, alâsthai "to wander, roam," Latvian aluôt "to go astray" — more at ambient entry 1


Middle English ambel, in part borrowed from Middle French amble (going back to Old French, noun derivative of ambler "to amble entry 1"), in part noun derivative of amblen "to amble entry 1

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“Amble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amble

: to walk slowly in a free and relaxed way


am·​ble | \ ˈam-bəl How to pronounce amble (audio) \
ambled; ambling

Kids Definition of amble

: to walk at a slow easy pace

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