verb (used without object), ram·bled, ram·bling.
- to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
- to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
- to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion: The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
- to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually followed by on): The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.
verb (used with object), ram·bled, ram·bling.
- to walk aimlessly or idly over or through: They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
- a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.
- to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
- (of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
- (of plants) to grow in a random fashion
- (of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
- a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
mid-15c., perhaps frequentative of romen “to walk, go” (see roam), perhaps via romblen (late 14c.) “to ramble.” The vowel change perhaps by influence of Middle Dutch rammelen, a derivative of rammen “copulate,” “used of the night wanderings of the amorous cat” [Weekley]. Meaning “to talk or write incoherently” is from 1630s. Related: Rambled; rambling.
“a roving or wandering,” 1650s, from ramble (v.).