rambling

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈræmblɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈræmblɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(rambling)

From the verb ramble: (⇒ conjugate)
rambling is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•bling /ˈræmblɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. having many haphazard extensions:a rambling old farmhouse.
  2. aimless;
    wandering:a long, rambling answer.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•bling  (rambling),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. aimlessly wandering.
  2. taking an irregular course;
    straggling:a rambling brook.
  3. spread out irregularly in various directions:a rambling mansion.
  4. straying from one subject to another;
    desultory:a rambling novel.
rambling•ly, adv. 
rambling•ness, n. 
  • ramble + -ing2 1615–25
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discursive.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rambling /ˈræmblɪŋ/ adj
  1. straggling or sprawling haphazardly; unplanned: a rambling old house
  2. (of speech or writing) lacking a coherent plan; diffuse and disconnected
  3. (of a plant, esp a rose) profusely climbing and straggling
  4. nomadic; wandering
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•ble /ˈræmbəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
v. [no object]
  1. to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner for pleasure;
    stroll.
  2. to have a course or direction with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
  3. to talk or write in a wandering manner, often for a long time.

n. [countable]
  1. a leisurely walk without a definite route.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•ble  (rambəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner:They rambled through the shops until closing time.
  2. to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
  3. to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion:The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
  4. to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually fol. by on):The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.

v.t. 
  1. to walk aimlessly or idly over or through:They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.

n. 
  1. 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)
  1. to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
  2. (of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
  3. (of plants) to grow in a random fashion
  4. (of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
n
  1. a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
Etymology: 17th Century: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram
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