Definition of amble in English:



  • no object, with adverbial of direction Walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace.

    ‘they ambled along the riverbank’
    • ‘The great writer and scholar Iris Murdoch, addled and disoriented by advanced Alzheimer's Disease, ambles out of her Oxford house and into the city.’
    • ‘His mom, sister, and brother ambled about, along with his dad, walking with a cane and wearing a hearing aid.’
    • ‘The only hint that he is 63-years-old is his slow step as he ambles to the witness chair and takes a seat behind the microphone.’
    • ‘As we ambled along, we noticed signs in Chinese engraved on the cliff walls which our guide translated for us as we went along.’
    • ‘The game is being played at walking pace at the moment and if the Italian players were ambling around any slower they'd be stationary.’
    • ‘The mist was still lifting off the big lake in the park at Windsor, and only a few joggers and moochers ambled about along the narrow path, that circles the lake.’
    • ‘She just ambles around the place, then gets to the track and wins her races.’
    • ‘He laughs, ambles back to the cashier and returns with the missing drink.’
    • ‘A little girl ambles along in her communion dress.’
    • ‘No recognition came to mind and she ambled along, kicking pebbles of dry, golden dirt as she went.’
    • ‘Storey stretches and ambles towards the shower.’
    • ‘He caught sight of his dog and began a slow amble towards us.’
    • ‘'I think I'd like to have a look at the sort of thing we're downloading, so just email me the address,’ he says, ambling at a slow run to get back to his desktop in time.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes later, a black guy in a red shirt comes ambling along.’
    • ‘She ambles quickly in the direction the kids had taken.’
    • ‘As she slowly ambles back to her own home, she feels betrayed somehow.’
    • ‘It was Damien, ambling at an easy pace on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘They tend to amble along in the beginning, bogged down in trivialities.’
    • ‘Hiding outside a bar is a good idea, as he does here, concealing himself behind a lamp post when a young woman emerges and ambles uncertainly in his direction.’
    • ‘Nothing much happens and when it looks like the film is set to take a certain path, it gets distracted and ambles off on its own.’
    stroll, saunter, wander, meander, ramble, dawdle, promenade, walk, go for a walk, take a walk, roam, traipse, stretch one's legs, get some exercise, get some air, take the air
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  • A walk at a slow, relaxed pace, especially for pleasure.

    ‘a peaceful riverside amble’
    • ‘Sunday, with my ankle still hurting from a sprain on the walk back, the most I could manage was an amble round the Waterfalls walk, and a stop in the pub.’
    • ‘He finally saw her walking fast down the hall and he slowed to an amble a few meters away from her.’
    • ‘A quick amble about the station revealed that the left luggage lockers were closed and sealed due to the security precautions.’
    • ‘But a stiff amble around its cobbled streets, taking in the fierce castle and the quaint medieval Baroque theatre installed in a former granary in the square, confirmed my good first impressions.’
    • ‘Greenbank is a demonstration garden where people can glean practical and creative ideas either from a leisurely amble or from the programme of courses and guided walks.’
    • ‘One of the nicest and simplest ski-free activities is simply to go for a walk, as I discover when I take a gentle amble from Sunnbüel to the Schwarenbach mountain hut.’
    • ‘But all too soon the boat had chugged slowly past St Mark's Square, into the Grand Canal and up to the small landing stage a short amble from our hotel.’
    • ‘For instance, in the new building where my amble ended, walking among paintings which are themselves familiar, it's possible to feel a colder, rougher, emptier island which is unfamiliar.’
    • ‘This amble alongside the River Kent is perfect for a contemplative outing and perhaps better suited to an adult group than to children, writes Harriet Sharkey.’
    • ‘The ducks on the river were managing the torrents and we thought we could manage the riverside amble.’
    • ‘The shots rang out just after 11 on a sultry summer's evening, just as the last of the regulars were drifting away from the pub for a slow amble home.’
    • ‘I headed out for a walk this afternoon, but had to turn back about 10 minutes into my amble.’
    • ‘A short amble onwards, the streets become shambolic, messy, invested with noise and life.’
    • ‘If you're ever wandering around there, take an amble into the bar and grab a seat, if one is available.’
    • ‘A short amble about soon revealed there was nowhere to eat out in Chaource on a Monday.’
    • ‘Thursday meant a hangover and a pleasant amble around the charity shops of Broomhill.’
    • ‘It's a pleasant amble, wide and straight, passing beneath bridges, through cuttings and woodland, with glimpses across open countryside to distant fells.’
    • ‘Staying nearby in the creeper-fronted Hotel Raphael, we crossed the square each time we set out on or returned from our long ambles around the city.’
    walk, hike, trek
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Middle English (originally denoting a horse's gait): from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’.