(third-person singular simple present rambles, present participle rambling, simple past and past participle rambled)
- To move about aimlessly, or on a winding course
- To walk for pleasure; to amble or saunter.
- To talk or write incessantly, unclearly, or incoherently, with many digressions.
- Francine has a tendency to ramble when it gets to be late in the evening.
An altered form (with dissimilation of mm to mb) of dial. rammle, from Middle English *ramelen, frequentive of ramen (“to roam, ramble"); see roam.
"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).