What does ramble mean?

Definitions for ramble
ˈræm bəlram·ble

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ramble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ramble, meanderverb

    an aimless amble on a winding course

  2. ramble on, ramble, jogverb

    continue talking or writing in a desultory manner

    "This novel rambles on and jogs"

  3. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"


  1. Ramblenoun

    A section of woods suitable for leisurely walking.

  2. Ramblenoun

    a type of dance; as, the Muskrat ramble.


  1. ramblenoun

    A leisurely stroll; a recreational walk in the countryside.

  2. ramblenoun

    A rambling; an instance of someone talking at length without direction.

  3. rambleverb

    To move about aimlessly, or on a winding course

  4. rambleverb

    To walk for pleasure; to amble or saunter.

  5. rambleverb

    To talk or write incessantly, unclearly, or incoherently, with many digressions.

    Francine has a tendency to ramble when it gets to be late in the evening.

  6. Etymology: An altered form (with dissimilation of mm to mb) of dial. rammle, from *ramelen, frequentive of ; see roam.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ramblenoun

    Wandering irregular excursion.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    This conceit puts us upon the ramble up and down for relief, ’till very weariness brings us at last to ourselves. Roger L'Estrange.

    Coming home after a short Christmas ramble, I found a letter upon my table. Jonathan Swift.

    She quits the narrow path of sense
    For a dear ramble through impertinence. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

  2. To RAMBLEverb

    To rove loosely and irregularly; to wander.

    Etymology: rammelen, Dutch, to rove loosely in lust; ramb, Swedish, to rove.

    Shame contracts the spirits, fixes the ramblings of fancy, and gathers the man into himself. South.

    He that is at liberty to ramble in perfect darkness, what is his liberty better than if driven up and down as a bubble by the wind. John Locke.

    Chapman has taken advantage of an immeasurable length of verse, notwithstanding which, there is scarce any paraphrase so loose and rambling as his. Alexander Pope.

    Never ask leave to go abroad, for you will be thought an idle rambling fellow. Jonathan Swift, Directions to Footmen.

    O’er his ample sides the rambling sprays
    Luxuriant shoot. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. ramble

    Ramble is a verb which generally means to talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. It can also mean to walk for pleasure, typically without a definite route or purpose, often used in the context of leisurely walking in the countryside.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rambleverb

    to walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the world

  2. Rambleverb

    to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way

  3. Rambleverb

    to extend or grow at random

  4. Ramblenoun

    a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation

  5. Ramblenoun

    a bed of shale over the seam

  6. Etymology: [Cf. Rammel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ramble

    ram′bl, v.i. to go from place to place without object: to visit many places: to be desultory, as in discourse.—n. a roving about: an irregular excursion: a place in which to ramble.—n. Ram′bler.—adj. Ram′bling, moving about irregularly: desultory.—adv. Ram′blingly, in a rambling manner. [Freq. of M. E. ramen, to roam.]

Anagrams for ramble »

  1. ambler

  2. blamer

  3. marble

  4. lamber

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramble in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ramble in a Sentence

  1. Christian Cooper:

    I think I was just scared, when you're alone in the Ramble, you don't know what's happening. It's not excusable, it's not defensible.

  2. Peggy Caruso:

    You don't want to ramble. Have a quick 30-second explainer of what you do so they understand, and follow up with a question... everyone likes to talk about themselves.

  3. Christian Cooper:

    I think I was just scared, when you're alone in the Central Park Ramble, you don't know what's happening. Central Park Ramble's not excusable, Central Park Ramble's not defensible.

  4. Amanda Barnett:

    I marveled at the way the 8a meeting would sometimes have big debates and we'd all jump in with thoughts and ideas and ramble all over the place, and then, at the end -- or sometimes in the middle if he wanted to move on -- Manuel would bring it all together with just one sentence or direction that was always better than everything we'd been rabbiting about.

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