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ramble

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verb ram·ble \ ˈram-bəl \

Definition of ramble

rambled; rambling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :to move aimlessly from place to place
b :to explore idly
2 :to talk or write in a desultory or long-winded wandering fashion
3 :to grow or extend irregularly
transitive verb
:to wander over :roam

ramblingly

play \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of ramble in a Sentence

  1. She rambled for several minutes before introducing the main speaker.

  2. He's funny, but he tends to ramble.

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Origin and Etymology of ramble

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

ramble Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of ramble

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

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ramble

noun

Definition of ramble

1 :a leisurely excursion for pleasure; especially :an aimless walk
2 :a rambling story or discussion

Examples of ramble in a Sentence

  1. We went for a ramble along the beach.

  2. He encountered many interesting people in his rambles in the country.

  3. The first chapter is a 100-page ramble.

  4. We had to listen to another one of his long rambles about politics and religion.

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First Known Use of ramble

1639


RAMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

ramble

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verb

Definition of ramble for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of ramble for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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ramble

play
verb ram·ble \ ˈram-bəl \

Definition of ramble for Students

rambled; rambling
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

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ramble

noun

Definition of ramble for Students

:a long stroll with no particular destination


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