ramble

verb
ram·​ble | \ˈram-bəl \
rambled; rambling\ ˈram-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of ramble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move aimlessly from place to place rambled through the little town

b : to explore idly After one rambles through the maps for a time … some overall impressions begin to emerge.— John Noble Wilford

2a : to talk or write in an aimless, erratic, and often long-winded fashion The hunk starts to ramble on and on, and the women seem quite annoyed.Monk Magazine

b : to be related or written in a long-winded or wandering fashion a story that rambles

3 : to grow or extend irregularly To me, pea greens are the culinary equivalent of morning glories, sprouting overnight, rambling here and there, turning the grower into a shepherd, at least for the duration.— Molly O'Neill

transitive verb

: to wander over : roam

ramble

noun

Definition of ramble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a leisurely excursion for pleasure especially : an aimless walk

2 : a rambling story or discussion

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Other Words from ramble

Verb

ramblingly \ ˈram-​b(ə-​)liŋ-​lē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for ramble

Verb

wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course. fond of wandering about the square just watching the people roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield. liked to roam through the woods ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective. the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming. armed brigands roved over the countryside traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful. traipsed all over town looking for the right dress meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering. the river meanders for miles through rich farmland

Examples of ramble in a Sentence

Verb

She rambled for several minutes before introducing the main speaker. He's funny, but he tends to ramble.

Noun

We went for a ramble along the beach. He encountered many interesting people in his rambles in the country. The first chapter is a 100-page ramble. We had to listen to another one of his long rambles about politics and religion.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The house was a big, rambling Victorian with several doors. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "A good Airbnb host always learns from others. Here are 6 tips," 31 May 2018 The 10th annual Joan of Arc foot (and hoof) parade rambled through the French Quarter to begin the Mardi Gras 2018 season on Saturday (January 6). Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Joan of Arc parade said happy birthday to the saint. Were you there?," 7 Jan. 2018 After his arrest, police found a long rambling note by Romano at his home. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "In 2004, he walked into school with a shotgun. Today he weighs in on Parkland," 5 Mar. 2018 The story rambles from the frothing millionaires rushing to buy trendy works at Art Basel Miami Beach to the cozy casitas of Hialeah to the strip clubs of Sunny Isles. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "Tom Wolfe tells us just how crazy we are | Miami Herald," 10 Nov. 2012 In one hilarious example, Barry befriends Nineteen Black Winter’s loyal security robot, getting him to ramble and inadvertently provide the exact locations of all the cameras in his building. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018 The area rambles from the Bluegrass region to the Appalachian Mountains to the east. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "In Conservative Kentucky, Power of Female Candidates Is Tested in Key House Race," 16 June 2018 Under cultivation plants must be trained to some sort of support that is both sturdy and allows vines adequate room to ramble. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 2018 Fall Branch Falls Fall Branch Creek rambles over Fall Branch Falls through lush North Georgia forest, just off the Benton MacKaye Trail near Blue Ridge. Eric Champlin, ajc, "40 must-visit waterfalls in North Georgia," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Flagstaff: Kachina Trail This high-country ramble delivers a big-mountain experience with no real climbing, bless its woodsy heart. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 British Car Day Fancy a ramble through ye olde park whilst perusing the finest motor cars from dear old Blighty? Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 6 July 2018 The initial ramble of the movie, before things get dire, is brilliantly staged by Farhadi, who gently introduces a web of relationships without clunky exposition, while infusing the happy proceedings with a tantalizing hint of impending dread. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Kick Off Cannes with Gloomy Melodrama," 9 May 2018 Most conversations are rambles, crossing varied territories that lead to surprising vistas. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "What did we talk about before we talked about Trump?," 20 Apr. 2018 After a ferry trip to Oakland, the not-yet-famous naturalist made his way on a 310-mile ramble; south to Gilroy, east through the Pacheco Pass, across the Central Valley, then into the Sierra. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "They followed Muir's footsteps across California, then found his words to describe it | The Sacramento Bee," 1 Apr. 2018 That included an excellent excursion led by the rental and tour service Lima Bike to a hilltop observatory at the south end of the city, plus an independent ramble with my partner during the Ciclovía. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Lima’s beautiful boulevard bike paths could be a hit in Chicago," 26 Mar. 2018 What if Central Park, instead of a romantic landscape of rolling lawns, woods and rambles, were as formal as Versailles? Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Never Built New York’ Review: The City That Could Have Been," 3 Oct. 2017 This incoherent ramble is actually a plea: Remember the good old days? Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Even Donald Trump’s supporters are getting bored of Donald Trump.," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ramble

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ramble

Verb

Middle English, probably alteration of romblen, frequentative of romen to roam

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More Definitions for ramble

ramble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ramble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk or go from one place to another place without a specific goal, purpose, or direction

: to go from one subject to another without any clear purpose or direction

ramble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ramble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long walk for pleasure

: a long speech or piece of writing that goes from one subject to another without any clear purpose or direction

ramble

verb
ram·​ble | \ˈram-bəl \
rambled; rambling

Kids Definition of ramble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to go aimlessly from place to place : wander She spent a year rambling around the country.

2 : to talk or write without a clear purpose or point

3 : to grow or extend in many directions a rambling vine

ramble

noun

Kids Definition of ramble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long stroll with no particular destination

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