amble

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

amble

noun

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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Other Words from amble

Verb

ambler \ -​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

The figure is made primarily of victors ambling up to receive awards, as well as the generally quicker strides of presenters strolling to the microphone and guests heading offstage. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Why Are the Oscars So Long? (Hint: 24 Minutes of Walking)," 21 Feb. 2019 Before bussing to another rink, a few Ottawa players ambled onto the court and started hoisting shots. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Five Stories That Show Off Zdeno Chara's Relentless Focus," 5 Apr. 2018 Its ambling streets lined in white-washed houses are worth a long, restful wander. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Pedestrian-friendly lanes — punctuated with picturesque squares and courtyards — are made for ambling, window-shopping and cafe lingering. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 The square is filled with floral beds and sycamore trees; the ideal place to amble, and enjoy live music. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Where to Go in Croatia’s Capital City of Zagreb," 11 July 2018 The goats ambled south toward the Fort Hamilton Parkway station, where officials were still working to contain them about 90 minutes later, an MTA spokesman said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Goats Hoof It to Subway Line in Brooklyn," 20 Aug. 2018 After that, amble down the block to Bar Boulud’s new oyster bar (776 Boylston St.) for a glass of rosé and a shareable seafood tower. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "8 great summer dates," 6 June 2018 Sport and exercise has always formed part of my daily life, from gym sessions to weekend runs, ambles or training for an event. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channels Wednesday Addams on a Bike Ride," 17 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Another Wilsonian hallmark is evident: a fondness for letting his right hand amble into the upper register only to swan dive down the keys with a great flourish. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Classic Brunswick & Columbia Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942’ Review: The Peacemaker of the Piano," 13 Apr. 2018 All the pre-match amble was about Jose Mourinho dropping four star players. SI.com, "Alexis Sanchez Nets First Man United Goal as Romelu Lukaku Silences Critics," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of amble

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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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amble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of amble

: to walk slowly in a free and relaxed way

amble

verb
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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