amble
intr.v., -bled, -bling, -bles.
  1. To walk slowly or leisurely; stroll.
  2. To move along at an easy gait by using both legs on one side alternately with both on the other. Used of a horse.
n.
  1. An unhurried or leisurely walk.
  2. An easy gait, especially that of a horse.

[Middle English amblen, from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulre, to walk.]

ramble
intr.v., -bled, -bling, -bles.
  1. To move about aimlessly. See synonyms at wander.
  2. To walk about casually or for pleasure.
  3. To follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth.
  4. To speak or write at length and with many digressions.
n.
  1. A leisurely, sometimes lengthy walk.

[Probably from Middle Dutch *rammelen, to wander about in a state of sexual desire, from rammen, to copulate with.]

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Roy Shea

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