- Inflections of 'ramble' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•ble /ˈræmbəl/USA pronunciation
v., -bled, -bling, n. v. [no object]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner for pleasure;
- to have a course or direction with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
- to talk or write in a wandering manner, often for a long time.
- a leisurely walk without a definite route.
(ram′bəl),USA pronunciation v., -bled, -bling, n. v.i.
- to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner:They rambled through the shops until closing time.
- to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
- to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion:The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
- to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually fol. by on):The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.
- to walk aimlessly or idly over or through:They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
- a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.
- origin, originally uncertain 1610–20
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ramble /ˈræmbəl/ vb (intransitive)
- to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
- (of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
- (of plants) to grow in a random fashion
- (of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
Etymology: 17th Century: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram
- a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
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