Definition of ramble in English:



  • 1Walk for pleasure in the countryside.

    ‘I spent most of my spare time rambling and climbing’
    [with object] ‘as a boy I rambled the fells around Dent’
    • ‘He was cut out neither for religion nor for the dry minutiae of algebra and he idled away his days in long country rambles around Oxford, collecting curiosities for his own natural history collection.’
    • ‘A man with a great fondness for the outdoor life, he loved to ramble in the countryside and experience the peace and quiet of the land.’
    • ‘His home life was happy; like so many geologists, young Adam spent time rambling through the countryside, looking at and collecting rocks and fossils.’
    • ‘‘At the same time it is creating a right to roam, giving walkers carte blanche to ramble in the countryside,’ he said.’
    • ‘When I was at school, we went rambling in the Kent countryside as part of our activities week, something we did before we broke up for our summer holidays.’
    • ‘All your outdoor pursuits are catered for - whether you're rambling in the Republic or sauntering in the Six Counties.’
    • ‘Surely we should be able to walk our dogs or simply ramble along in safety and in peace to enjoy the views and healthy exercise?’
    • ‘Outside Stromness I walked the marshes where as a boy John Rae rambled with a musket on his shoulder, and in Kirkwall I visited the explorer's memorial in St Magnus Cathedral, and his grave site behind that edifice.’
    • ‘Please note that you cannot drive around Loch Katrine, but if you fancy a long country stroll, you can ramble right round the perimeter, and I doubt if there is a lovelier walk anywhere in Britain.’
    walk, take a walk, go for a walk, hike, tramp, backpack, trek
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  • 2Talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way.

    ‘Willy rambled on about Norman archways’
    • ‘I've rambled on for quite a bit, and, as is typical, I haven't managed to get to the point yet.’
    • ‘I rambled on about Grandma and my family for the first pint and then we talked about other stuff for the second pint.’
    • ‘And I've rambled on far too much, but only because I warmed to the subject as I was writing about it.’
    • ‘Last week I rambled on about tenuous arts performances in the High Street, but this week it got worse.’
    • ‘He rambled on rather inconsequentially for some time.’
    • ‘I have rambled on enough and so will end this chapter of our correspondence here.’
    • ‘He was whining and rambling about the shortage of coal imports in his country.’
    • ‘I went out and introduced myself, and they rambled on about their headaches, their vomiting, their diarrhea.’
    • ‘Prodded to explain, she rambled on about balloons.’
    • ‘Readers may remember the little eye problem I glibly referred to a few weeks ago when I rambled on about hypochondria.’
    • ‘I know I've rambled on a bit, but it's to illustrate a point.’
    • ‘As we walked, the gunman rambled about his hatred of doctors.’
    • ‘Oh dear, I think I've rambled on for far too long.’
    • ‘Yesterday I rambled on at far too great a length about elections.’
    • ‘Trisha looked out the window, ignoring the boys rambling about old fights and stupid bets.’
    • ‘And she only rambled on about how it was hard for me at home and if I ever needed anyone to talk to, her door is always open.’
    • ‘Eventually, she rambled on to discover it was still their error, and I owe them much less money than they try to steal from me every month.’
    • ‘He looked a lot more rested last night and while he rambled on a bit, he didn't stutter as much as I thought he would.’
    • ‘He listened while I rambled on with my sales talk.’
    • ‘He rambled on about fringe issues such as pensions and fuel tax but, amateurishly, did not mention the food and gardening TV debate.’
    chatter, babble, prattle, prate, blather, blether, gabble, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, blither, maunder, drivel
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  • 3(of a plant) put out long shoots and grow over walls or other plants.

    ‘roses climbed, rambled, hung over walls’
    • ‘Patterns of olive leaves, golden scallop shells, and intricate pastel designs ramble over the walls.’
    • ‘Their lily-pad leaves and bright orange, yellow, or red flowers ramble over picket fences and along the ground.’
    • ‘Whether they twine, cling, or ramble, climbing plants enhance good architecture and camouflage the not-so-good.’
    • ‘Climbing types reach 6 feet tall and can gracefully twine up fences and arbors, or ramble over the ground.’


  • A walk taken for pleasure in the countryside.

    • ‘The Macduff Circle at Edinburgh's Dean Gallery is one of several sculptures by Bristol-born Long dedicated to his Scottish rambles.’
    • ‘Annabelle is encouraging people to don their hiking boots and take a ramble through the countryside to find love.’
    • ‘There will also be plenty of guided walks ranging from gentle riverside rambles to more challenging hill walks.’
    • ‘He goes for long, sensuous rambles into the woods, often while remembering his childhood friend Lumley.’
    • ‘Based at 18 excellent country houses, they have a wide choice of walks from gentle rambles to adventure treks.’
    • ‘The Slieve Bloom Rural Co-op Walking Club's weekly rambles have now begun.’
    • ‘She had been in the habit of taking long country rambles with Mr Dawson's children in her old days of dependence, and she thought very little of a distance of three miles.’
    • ‘Shipley still has the pale turquoise eyes and easy grin he had as a young man, and it sometimes startles him to realize that those backcountry rambles are a half-century in the past.’
    • ‘In 1836 naturalist Charles Darwin says, ‘I so much enjoyed my rambles among the roads and mountains of St. Helena.’’
    • ‘Although the walk can be generally classified as a ramble rather than a full-blown hill-walk, it is planned to go to Tully Summit.’
    • ‘This is a ramble rather than a full-blown hill walk and should appeal to a wide number of people.’
    • ‘Interspersed among the chapters describing these rambles are excursions into the history of the waterfront's architecture, geology, literature and development.’
    • ‘After a four-hour ramble on foot through deep gorges, past monasteries, and up steep, forested hillsides, we arrive in Chhulemu, Babu's home village.’
    • ‘Found mainly in country pubs, it provides sustenance after a good ramble through the fields.’
    • ‘A ramble through Waterford's scenic countryside, mountains and coastline will never be the same again once you have read a new book about 15 of the county's great walks.’
    • ‘After the country ramble, it's time to return to the urban reality of the studio proper overlooking the Brixton Road.’
    • ‘This year, as well as the regular walks, it is also planned to introduce a countryside ramble which is aimed at anyone interested in a leisurely Sunday afternoon walk with a focus on the local environment.’
    • ‘He was an accomplished card player and loved to meet the locals in Garrafrauns, Brickens, Cloonfad, Irishtown or wherever his rambles would take him.’
    • ‘He enjoyed his regular rambles to the pubs in the village where he was always made very welcome.’
    • ‘Other walks will also include rural rambles, a walk around the town centre, short strolls, hard moorland walks and family walks.’
    walk, hike, trek
    wander, stroll, saunter, amble, roam, traipse, jaunt, promenade, trip, excursion, tour
    mosey, tootle
    perambulation, peregrination
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Late Middle English (in ramble): probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen, used of animals in the sense wander about on heat, also to the noun ram.