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1English regional (chiefly northern and Lincolnshire). A long rambling tale or speech.
2A walk, a ramble; a short excursion with no particular route or aim. rare.
verbEnglish Regional, Lincolnshire, Scottish
no object To wander or ramble in speaking. Now English regional (Lincolnshire).
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). Originally from either classical Latin perambulāre perambulate or post-classical Latin perambulatorium perambulatory, with the ending probably altered after amble. In later use directly from peramble<br>late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin perambulāre perambulate, with the ending probably altered after amble. Compare Middle French parambuler, perambuler.
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