You ramble when your talking or your walking goes on and on and on. And on. You’re in no hurry to make a point or get to your destination — if there is one at all.

The word ramble comes from similar roots as roam. They both mean wander, but they’re often used a little differently. You might roam around on vacation to relax or find adventure. If you’re a shark, you roam the deep sea for food. On the other hand, if the person on the plane next to you chatters nervously and can’t stop, you wish they wouldn’t ramble on like that.

Definitions of ramble

v move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

cast, drift, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
drift, err, stray
wander from a direct course or at random
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around
wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v continue talking or writing in a desultory manner

jog, ramble on
Type of:
carry on, continue, go on, proceed
continue talking

n an aimless amble on a winding course

Type of:
amble, perambulation, promenade, saunter, stroll
a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

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