am·​ble | \ ˈam-bəl How to pronounce amble (audio) \
ambled; ambling\ ˈam-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ambling (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 ambler (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 What a wonderful surprise, to be ambling along our well-worn path in the cosmos, flanked by the usual scenery, only to find a new companion on our journey around the sun. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Fleeting Moment in the Solar System," 20 Mar. 2020 Or, if shepherding isn’t your thing, feel free to amble down the mountain alongside the herd. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Eat, drink, and herd cattle at this Austrian festival," 15 Sep. 2019 England celebrated, players started to amble back to the halfway line, then a replay of the goal popped up on the big screen and all hell broke loose., "England Win Over Cameroon Marred by Both Indomitable Lionesses' Antics AND the Reaction to Them," 23 June 2019 The man ambled into St. Boniface Catholic Church in the Tenderloin one morning last month, sat in the front pew, hunched over deeply, rocked in his seat and began turning blue. Heather Knight,, "‘If I stay here, I'm going to die’: As one man overdosed, a Tenderloin church offered a sacred death," 7 Mar. 2020 As visitors amble around this 0.8-mile loop, they’ll be greeted with a characteristic hush—ground plants like redwood sorrel and ferns dampen nearby city sounds. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 In Southern California last week, a bear emerged from Angeles National Forest and ambled into the town of Monrovia, located at the north end of the L.A. Basin. Tom Stienstra,, "Spring-like weather brings out hungry bears, lions," 23 Feb. 2020 Shortly after the ladder was dropped into the dumpster, the bear cub climbed out of the dumpster, dropped to the ground below and ambled off into the trees. Kelli Bender,, "California Sheriff's Office Helps Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster," 29 Aug. 2019 The number ends, soon after Sonny Greer’s drum solo, with Ellington ambling over to join some female visitors. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Film Treasures, Streaming Courtesy of the Library of Congress," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "These 6 New Flights to the Caribbean Will Get You to the Beach in No Time," 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, "What Are Borders For?," 27 Nov. 2019 But a cockroach’s amble relies on more central control. Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 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, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 When the clock strikes noon, amble on over to the Crafthouse Gastropub offering craft beer from the likes of Odell Friek, Dogfish Head and Deschutes Brewery. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, "Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere — and everywhere," 20 July 2019 Even so, there are pleasures to be had from a book that moves at an amble—that sometimes takes a detour for no reason except to admire the view. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Proving Ground for Men and Storytellers," 16 Aug. 2018 Four of us watched the black bear amble through the valley below us. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of a black bear, hunter gets a view from a nonhunter’s eyes," 5 June 2018 For a luxurious amble of a run, the Brooks Levitate is your shoe. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Do New "Energy Return" Shoes Put Pep in Your Step?," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of amble


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amble

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French ambler, from Latin ambulare to walk, from ambi- + -ulare (verb base akin to Middle Welsh el he may go, Greek ēlythe he went) — more at elastic

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The first known use of amble was in the 14th century

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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