- To ramble is defined as to write, speak or move aimlessly.
An example of to ramble is to talk for hours and hours about nothing.
intransitive verbrambled, rambling
- to roam about; esp., to walk or stroll about idly, without any special goal
- to talk or write aimlessly, without connection of ideas
- to grow or spread in all directions, as a vine
Origin of ramblevariant, variety of Middle English romblen, frequentative of romen, to roam
verbram·bled, ram·bling, ram·bles
verb, intransitive ram·bled, ram·bling, ram·bles
- To move about aimlessly: rambled around the park for an hour; rambled around the southwest. See Synonyms at wander.
- To walk casually or leisurely: rambled over to the neighbor's house.
- To follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth: Vines rambled over the fence.
- To speak or write at length and with many digressions: rambled on about his childhood.
Origin of rambleProbably from Middle Dutch *rammelen, to wander about in a state of sexual desire, from rammen, to copulate with.
(third-person singular simple present rambles, present participle rambling, simple past and past participle rambled)
"mid-15 c., perhaps frequentative of 'romen' 'to walk, go' perhaps via 'romblen' (late 14 c.) '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.' Meaning 'to talk or write incoherently' is from 1630's" (etymonline.com).