verb intransitive: 1. to talk in an aimless manner
2. to walk in an aimless manner
noun: a leisurely, sometimes lengthy walk
Probably from Middle Dutch rammelen (to wander about in heat, used of animals).
Earliest documented use: 1443
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Are you under the impression that I have time to listen to you ramble?”
Rajnar Vajra; The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale; Analog Science Fiction & Fact (New York); Jul/Aug 2014.
“Amateur landlords often ramble up to fix the heating days after a fault is reported.”
Housing the “Rentysomethings”; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 22, 2012.