from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move about aimlessly. See Synonyms at wander.
- intransitive v. To walk about casually or for pleasure.
- intransitive v. To follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth.
- intransitive v. To speak or write at length and with many digressions.
- n. A leisurely, sometimes lengthy walk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A leisurely stroll; a recreational walk in the countryside.
- n. A rambling; an instance of someone talking at length without direction.
- n. A bed of shale over the seam of coal.
- n. A section of woodland suitable for leisurely walking.
- v. To move about aimlessly, or on a winding course
- v. To walk for pleasure; to amble or saunter.
- v. To talk or write incessantly, unclearly, or incoherently, with many digressions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander
- intransitive v. To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way.
- intransitive v. To extend or grow at random.
- n. A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation.
- n. A bed of shale over the seam.
- n. A section of woods suitable for leisurely walking.
- n. a type of dance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To roam or wander about in a leisurely manner; go from point to point carelessly or irregularly; rove: as, to ramble about the eity or over the country.
- To take a wavering or wandering course; proceed with irregular turns, windings, or transitions; show a lack of definite direction or arrangement: as, a rambling path or house; a rambling discourse; the vine rambles every way; he rambled on in his incoherent speech.
- To reel; stagger.
- Synonyms Ramble, Stroll, Saunter, Rove, Roam, Wander, Range., Stray. Ramble, by derivation, also stroll and saunter, and stray when used in this sense, express a less extended course than the others. To ramble or stroll is to go about, as fancy leads, for the pleasure of being abroad. To saunter is to go along idly, and therefore slowly. One may saunter or stroll, stray or wander, along one street as far as it goes. To ramble, rove, or roam is to pursue a course that is not very straight. One may rove, roam, or wander with some briskness or for some object, as in search of a lost child. One may wander about or stray about because he has lost his way. The wild beast ranges, roves, or roams in search of prey. Roam expresses most of definite purpose: as, to roam over Europe.
- n. A roving or wandering movement; a going or turning about irregularly or indefinitely; especially, a leisurely or sauntering walk in varying directions.
- n. A place to ramble in; a mazy walk or tract.
- n. In coal-mining, thin shaly beds of stone, taken down with the coal, above which a good roof may be met with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
- v. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
- n. an aimless amble on a winding course
Probably from Middle Dutch *rammelen, to wander about in a state of sexual desire, from rammen, to copulate with.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An altered form (with dissimilation of mm to mb) of dial. rammle, from Middle English *ramelen, frequentive of ramen ("to roam, ramble"); see roam. (Wiktionary)