ramble

/ram"beuhl/, v., rambled, rambling, n.
v.i.
1. to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
2. to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
3. to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion: The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
4. to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually fol. by on): The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.
v.t.
5. to walk aimlessly or idly over or through: They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
n.
6. a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.
[1610-20; orig. uncert.]
Syn. 1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam.

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