ambled


verb (used without object), am·bled, am·bling.

  1. to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter: He ambled around the town.
  2. (of a horse) to go at a slow pace with the legs moving in lateral pairs and usually having a four-beat rhythm.

noun

  1. an ambling gait.
  2. a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
  3. a stroll.

verb (intr)

  1. to walk at a leisurely relaxed pace
  2. (of a horse) to move slowly, lifting both legs on one side together
  3. to ride a horse at an amble or leisurely pace

noun

  1. a leisurely motion in walking
  2. a leisurely walk
  3. the ambling gait of a horse
v.

early 14c., from Old French ambler “walk as a horse does,” from Latin ambulare “to walk, to go about, take a walk,” perhaps a compound of ambi- “around” (see ambi-) and -ulare, from PIE root *el- “to go” (cf. Greek ale “wandering,” alaomai “wander about;” Latvian aluot “go around or astray”). Until 1590s used only of horses or persons on horseback. Related: Ambled; ambling. As a noun, from late 14c.

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