Search Result for "rambling":
1. spreading out in different directions;
- Example: "sprawling handwriting"
- Example: "straggling branches"
- Example: "straggly hair"
[syn: sprawling, straggling, rambling, straggly]
2. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects;
- Example: "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things"
- Example: "a rambling discursive book"
- Example: "his excursive remarks"
- Example: "a rambling speech about this and that"
[syn: digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling]
3. of a path e.g.;
- Example: "meandering streams"
- Example: "rambling forest paths"
- Example: "the river followed its wandering course"
- Example: "a winding country road"
[syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a), winding]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rambling \Ram"bling\ (r[a^]m"bl[i^]ng), a. Roving; wandering; discursive; as, a rambling fellow, talk, or building. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ramble \Ram"ble\ (r[a^]m"b'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rambled (r[a^]m"b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rambling (r[a^]m"bl[i^]ng).] [For rammle, fr. Prov. E. rame to roam. Cf. Roam.] 1. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the world. [1913 Webster] He that is at liberty to ramble in perfect darkness, what is his liberty better than if driven up and down as a bubble by the wind? --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way. [1913 Webster] 3. To extend or grow at random. --Thomson. [1913 Webster] Syn: To rove; roam; wander; range; stroll. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
rambling adj 1: spreading out in different directions; "sprawling handwriting"; "straggling branches"; "straggly hair" [syn: sprawling, straggling, rambling, straggly] 2: (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects; "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things"; "a rambling discursive book"; "his excursive remarks"; "a rambling speech about this and that" [syn: digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling] 3: of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a), winding]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
288 Moby Thesaurus words for "rambling": Greek to one, Wanderjahr, aberrancy, aberrant, aberration, aberrative, adrift, afloat, afoot and lighthearted, aimless, aimlessness, alternating, ambagious, ambiguous, amorphous, babbling, bend, beyond understanding, bias, branching off, broken, bumming, by the way, capricious, careening, catchy, changeable, changeful, choppy, circuitous, circuitousness, circumforaneous, circumlocutional, circumlocutory, confused, corner, crook, curve, declination, delirious, departing, departure, desultoriness, desultory, detour, deviable, deviance, deviancy, deviant, deviating, deviation, deviative, deviatory, devious, deviousness, diffuse, digression, digressive, digressiveness, disconnected, discontinuous, discursion, discursive, discursiveness, disjointed, disorganized, distracted, distrait, distraught, divagation, divagatory, divarication, divergence, diversion, dizzy, dogleg, double, drift, drifting, eccentric, endless, episodic, errant, errantry, erratic, excursion, excursive, excursus, exorbitation, fast and loose, fickle, fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, floating, fluctuating, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, frantic, freakish, fugitive, gadding, giddy, guttering, gypsy-like, gypsyish, hairpin, halting, herky-jerky, heteroclite, hoboism, illogical, immethodical, impenetrable, impetuous, impulsive, inarticulate, incognizable, incoherent, incomprehensible, inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive, indirect, indirection, infirm, inscrutable, interminable, intermittent, intermitting, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible, itineracy, itinerancy, itinerant, jerky, jumbled, labyrinthine, landloping, lightheaded, loose, lurching, maundering, mazy, meandering, mercurial, migrational, migratory, moody, muddled, nomad, nomadic, nomadism, nonuniform, numinous, obliquity, off, out-of-the-way, past comprehension, patchy, peregrination, pererration, peripatetic, periphrastic, planetary, prolix, ramble, ranging, ranting, raving, restless, roam, roaming, rough, roundabout, rove, roving, scatterbrained, scrambled, scrappy, serpentine, shapeless, sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, shifty, shuffling, skew, slant, snaky, snatchy, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spastic, spineless, sporadic, spotty, sprawling, spread out, spreading, staggering, straggling, straggly, stray, straying, strolling, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, tack, tortuous, traipsing, transient, transitory, transmigratory, turn, turning, twist, twisting, unaccountable, uncertain, unconnected, uncontrolled, undependable, undirected, undisciplined, unequal, uneven, unfathomable, unfixed, unintelligible, unknowable, unmethodical, unmetrical, unorganized, unplanned, unpredictable, unregular, unreliable, unrestrained, unrhythmical, unsearchable, unsettled, unstable, unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady, unsystematic, vacillating, vagabond, vagabondage, vagabondia, vagabondism, vagrancy, vagrant, variable, variation, veer, veering, verbose, vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile, wandering, wanderlust, wanton, warp, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayfaring, wayward, whimsical, wild, winding, wishy-washy, wobbling, wobbly, wordy, yaw, zigzag