ram·​bling | \ ˈram-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce rambling (audio) \

Definition of rambling

1 : proceeding without a specific goal, purpose, or direction: such as
a : wandering about from one place to another a rambling walk
b : straying from subject to subject a rambling essay/discussion/discourse a rambling talker His text is at times repetitious and rambling.— Robert Howard
c : stretching, spreading, or growing in a winding or irregular way a rambling stream rambling roses
2 : large and informally designed a rambling farmhouse … blue-tinged shots give the sinister prison … the air of a rambling edifice out of Dickens.— Celia Wren

Other Words from rambling

ramblingly adverb
a ramblingly told story

First Known Use of rambling

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rambling was circa 1609

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“Rambling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rambling. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rambling

of a building : big and having many rooms that are arranged in an irregular shape
: not having a specific goal, purpose, or direction
of a plant : growing up and over fences, walls, etc., in an irregular way


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