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



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


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

Examples of amble in a Sentence


We ambled along as we talked. They ambled down the road.


we had a lovely amble about the quaint village before continuing our drive
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The downtown event employs a familiar dine-around format where guests amble from one chef station to the next, cocktail in hand. Michael Hiller, Los Angeles Times, "Las Vegas’ top female chefs and bartenders plan Picnic in the Alley," 16 July 2019 During your stay, feel free to amble over to the tasting room, hike the wooded trails, soak in the hot tub, take a dip in the lap pool or snuggle up by the cottage’s fireplace with your glass of wine in hand. Gerry Frank,, "Cheers to these 2 Roseburg wineries: Gerry Frank’s picks," 14 July 2019 Music, in fact, carried throughout the evening: A string quartet played at the ceremony followed by a jazz band at dinner and cocktails and a DJ for the ambling post-dinner reception which was expected to carry into Sunday’s early hours. Adam Carlson,, "Olympian & DWTS Champion Meryl Davis Marries Fedor Andreev in 'Intimate' Farmhouse Wedding in the South of France," 22 June 2019 The best way to get to a Warriors game in September may be aboard a boat that ambles out of Larkspur Terminal, slicing across the rumpled blue surface of the San Francisco Bay. Rachel Swan,, "Ferry service to Chase Center for Warriors games gains momentum with proposal," 19 June 2019 That’s when a visitor with velvety black fur and kind brown eyes ambles up to patients in the short-term residential drug and alcohol treatment program. Valerie Royzman,, "Can a dog make a difference in the lives of those in recovery? For some, yes.," 9 June 2019 In 2017, Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier captured a video of a polar bear ambling across an iceless archipelago in the Canadian Arctic and feeding from trash cans. Michele Moses, The New Yorker, "Why the Polar Bear Is the Undisputed Image of Climate Change," 23 June 2019 Crammed into a triangular swath of land next to the Bois De Boulogne, the highly trafficked pathways of Roland Garros are often choked with spectators ambling toward the next match or the next jambon-beurre sandwich. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major," 4 June 2019 Every few minutes, the elevator doors opened, and one couple after the next filed out, ambling toward the check-in desk. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 All the pre-match amble was about Jose Mourinho dropping four star players., "Alexis Sanchez Nets First Man United Goal as Romelu Lukaku Silences Critics," 3 Feb. 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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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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