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


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

With 400 miles of trails, hikers can amble through mellow verdant valleys or choose from dozens of thigh-burning treks. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after the Ravens had stomped the Miami Dolphins in their season opener, 25 second- and third-year players ambled into the auditorium at the team’s headquarters in Owings Mills. Childs Walker,, "Life after football: Former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain asks current players to contemplate the future," 13 Sep. 2019 One moment the distant mountain slope was bare, the next, the glossy black form was ambling through blueberry patches. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "When the antics of a bear disarm a hunter," 28 Aug. 2019 Others sat in the shade or ambled along in the sand, keeping an eye on their best friends and picking up after them when the inevitable happened. Joan Hunt,, "Wethersfield Celebrates Dog Days Of Summer," 22 Aug. 2019 There are no seafood boils, though who wouldn’t want to amble back into the office stinking of crawfish? Soleil Ho,, "Alamar’s seafood brings us back to our home shores," 26 July 2019 Last Friday, the baseball world sat rapt for a White Sox-Angels game as NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton ambled into Chicago’s broadcast booth and proceeded to ramble about literally every topic in existence for roughly three hours. Jon Tayler,, "Five Position Players We Badly Want to See Pitch," 20 Aug. 2019 Nearly 45 minutes after Auburn wrapped up its second scrimmage of the fall, the Tigers’ wide receivers ambled off the field and through the tunnel at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tom Green |, al, "Inconsistency an issue for Auburn wide receivers without top playmakers in 2nd scrimmage," 14 Aug. 2019 With 400 miles of trails, hikers can amble through mellow verdant valleys or choose from dozens of thigh-burning treks. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Mountain getaways are worth a ‘peak’ in summer," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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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