v. ram·bled, ram·bling, ram·bles
v.intr. ram·bled, ram·bling, ram·bles
1. To move about aimlessly: rambled around the park for an hour; rambled around the southwest. See Synonyms at wander.
2. To walk casually or leisurely: rambled over to the neighbor's house.
3. To follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth: Vines rambled over the fence.
4. To speak or write at length and with many digressions: rambled on about his childhood.
To move about aimlessly through or over: rambled the back streets of town.
A leisurely, sometimes lengthy walk.
[Probably from Middle Dutch *rammelen, to wander about in a state of sexual desire, from rammen, to copulate with.]
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