amble

verb
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

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 \ 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 They were introduced as a group to Weinstein, who ambled toward the gallery with his walker, and were read a list of names that could come up at trial, including actresses Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron and Rosie Perez. Washington Post, "Jury selection in Weinstein case could prove to be drawn-out," 7 Jan. 2020 House members started ambling toward their seats at 9 a.m., Democrats on the left, Republicans on the right. BostonGlobe.com, "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 House members started ambling toward their seats starting at 9 a.m., Democrats on the left, Republicans on the right. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Impeachment Day in Washington: History Emerges From the Routine Chaos," 18 Dec. 2019 Seemingly uninterested in the boaters, the bear swam past them and ambled up the bank into the woods, the video shows. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "'Oh my gosh, that’s a bear’: Fishing for bass, friends spot something much bigger swimming in Liberty Reservoir," 14 Oct. 2019 But Himmelfarb never ambled into history in search of points to score in contemporary political disputes. Yuval Levin, National Review, "The Historian as Moralist," 31 Dec. 2019 Melara ambles about at a slow pace, both hands on the patients’ cart, with a steady voice breaking up the otherwise quiet hallways. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This hospital worker used to think his singing was a 'burden.' Now he uses his voice to calm patients.," 27 Dec. 2019 On a recent afternoon, young professionals in microclimate business-casual ambled through the park. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Floating Utopia of Salesforce Park," 11 Dec. 2019 The neighbors’ horses sometimes amble up to the fence to watch. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "With Olympic Doors Open, a 14-Year-Old Skateboarder Enters a New World," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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Last Updated

18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amble.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambles. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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More Definitions for amble

amble

verb
How to pronounce amble (audio)

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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