ram·​ble | \ ˈram-bəl How to pronounce ramble (audio) \
rambled; rambling\ ˈram-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ramble (audio) \

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



Definition of ramble (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for ramble

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The property is regulated by National Park zoning restrictions, and anyone can ramble through or graze their flocks there. Hannah Weinberger, Outside Online, 17 July 2014 Cox, who prefers cannabis to drink, can ramble on a bit. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Younger viewers who end up watching the TV special may wince at bits about women who ramble without taking a breath and overpack for weekend vacations. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Nov. 2021 Some are still at it, including the Strokes, who ramble on in their deadpan cool fashion, reuniting every few years for a new album and big festival dates. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 In the end, Adrian’s transformation from frustrated weirdo into psycho killer happens abruptly, and largely offstage, as if Leonard, who likes to ramble on about murder, possesses demonic powers of suggestion. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 At times, Klam can ramble and become repetitive, but her lively wit carries us along. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2021 Off the main drag, quaint Victorians and cute cottages start in the foothills and ramble down to the coastline, where even the oceanfront homes are surprisingly understated. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 Georgia Tech needed no big rally to ramble into the Sweet 16. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Judd Apatow, at least, is a man who knows a self-aware ramble. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Instead of a straight shot out and back across the country, maybe this is the year for a circular ramble in a state with less expensive gas. Forrest Brown, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Hikers who want to explore parts of Griffith Park will meet up at 6 p.m. for a ramble followed by yoga (donation based). Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 The drama builds to a peak of emotional power in a long and wordless sequence in which Solange abandons herself to a desperate nighttime ramble through the city, which rises to a harrowing, quasi-operatic intensity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 Kennedy, perched atop the drum riser of Brent Fitz, led the crowd, who waved their arms over their heads as the song’s ending unfurled in a jam-like ramble. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 It was followed by a secret and emotional ramble from Khrushchev about the spectre of nuclear holocaust. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 11 Feb. 2022 Its cast, particularly Nicole Kidman as Ball, is much better than Aaron Sorkin’s exasperating ramble of a movie. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 Streamed from London’s Southwark Playhouse, the play set Potter on a rapid ramble through a troubled mind, barbed with resentment. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ramble


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


1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ramble


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

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More Definitions for ramble


ram·​ble | \ ˈram-bəl How to pronounce ramble (audio) \
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



Kids Definition of ramble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long stroll with no particular destination

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