Definition of ramble in English:

ramble

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘At the same time it is creating a right to roam, giving walkers carte blanche to ramble in the countryside,’ he said.’
    • ‘His home life was happy; like so many geologists, young Adam spent time rambling through the countryside, looking at and collecting rocks and fossils.’
    • ‘All your outdoor pursuits are catered for - whether you're rambling in the Republic or sauntering in the Six Counties.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘He was whining and rambling about the shortage of coal imports in his country.’
    • ‘Trisha looked out the window, ignoring the boys rambling about old fights and stupid bets.’
    • ‘Readers may remember the little eye problem I glibly referred to a few weeks ago when I rambled on about hypochondria.’
    • ‘I rambled on about Grandma and my family for the first pint and then we talked about other stuff for the second pint.’
    • ‘Oh dear, I think I've rambled on for far too long.’
    • ‘Last week I rambled on about tenuous arts performances in the High Street, but this week it got worse.’
    • ‘Yesterday I rambled on at far too great a length about elections.’
    • ‘I went out and introduced myself, and they rambled on about their headaches, their vomiting, their diarrhea.’
    • ‘As we walked, the gunman rambled about his hatred of doctors.’
    • ‘And I've rambled on far too much, but only because I warmed to the subject as I was writing about it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have rambled on enough and so will end this chapter of our correspondence here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I know I've rambled on a bit, but it's to illustrate a point.’
    • ‘I've rambled on for quite a bit, and, as is typical, I haven't managed to get to the point yet.’
    • ‘Prodded to explain, she rambled on about balloons.’
    • ‘He rambled on about fringe issues such as pensions and fuel tax but, amateurishly, did not mention the food and gardening TV debate.’
    • ‘He listened while I rambled on with my sales talk.’
    • ‘He rambled on rather inconsequentially for some time.’
    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’
    • ‘Their lily-pad leaves and bright orange, yellow, or red flowers ramble over picket fences and along the ground.’
    • ‘Patterns of olive leaves, golden scallop shells, and intricate pastel designs ramble over the walls.’
    • ‘Climbing types reach 6 feet tall and can gracefully twine up fences and arbors, or ramble over the ground.’
    • ‘Whether they twine, cling, or ramble, climbing plants enhance good architecture and camouflage the not-so-good.’

noun

  • A walk taken for pleasure in the countryside.

    • ‘Interspersed among the chapters describing these rambles are excursions into the history of the waterfront's architecture, geology, literature and development.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Slieve Bloom Rural Co-op Walking Club's weekly rambles have now begun.’
    • ‘He was an accomplished card player and loved to meet the locals in Garrafrauns, Brickens, Cloonfad, Irishtown or wherever his rambles would take him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other walks will also include rural rambles, a walk around the town centre, short strolls, hard moorland walks and family walks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the country ramble, it's time to return to the urban reality of the studio proper overlooking the Brixton Road.’
    • ‘Found mainly in country pubs, it provides sustenance after a good ramble through the fields.’
    • ‘He enjoyed his regular rambles to the pubs in the village where he was always made very welcome.’
    • ‘There will also be plenty of guided walks ranging from gentle riverside rambles to more challenging hill walks.’
    • ‘This is a ramble rather than a full-blown hill walk and should appeal to a wide number of people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1836 naturalist Charles Darwin says, ‘I so much enjoyed my rambles among the roads and mountains of St. Helena.’’
    walk, hike, trek
    wander, stroll, saunter, amble, roam, traipse, jaunt, promenade, trip, excursion, tour
    mosey, tootle
    pootle
    perambulation, peregrination
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

ramble

/ˈramb(ə)l/