Definition of amble in US English:



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

    ‘they ambled along the riverbank’
    ‘he ambled into the foyer’
    • ‘She ambles quickly in the direction the kids had taken.’
    • ‘He laughs, ambles back to the cashier and returns with the missing drink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He caught sight of his dog and began a slow amble towards us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They tend to amble along in the beginning, bogged down in trivialities.’
    • ‘It was Damien, ambling at an easy pace on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes later, a black guy in a red shirt comes ambling along.’
    • ‘His mom, sister, and brother ambled about, along with his dad, walking with a cane and wearing a hearing aid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A little girl ambles along in her communion dress.’
    • ‘As we ambled along, we noticed signs in Chinese engraved on the cliff walls which our guide translated for us as we went along.’
    • ‘As she slowly ambles back to her own home, she feels betrayed somehow.’
    • ‘'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.’
    • ‘She just ambles around the place, then gets to the track and wins her races.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ducks on the river were managing the torrents and we thought we could manage the riverside amble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a pleasant amble, wide and straight, passing beneath bridges, through cuttings and woodland, with glimpses across open countryside to distant fells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thursday meant a hangover and a pleasant amble around the charity shops of Broomhill.’
    • ‘If you're ever wandering around there, take an amble into the bar and grab a seat, if one is available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A short amble about soon revealed there was nowhere to eat out in Chaource on a Monday.’
    • ‘A short amble onwards, the streets become shambolic, messy, invested with noise and life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He finally saw her walking fast down the hall and he slowed to an amble a few meters away from her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A quick amble about the station revealed that the left luggage lockers were closed and sealed due to the security precautions.’
    • ‘I headed out for a walk this afternoon, but had to turn back about 10 minutes into my amble.’
    walk, hike, trek
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Middle English (originally denoting a horse's gait): from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’.