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maunder

play
verb maun·der \ˈmȯn-dər, ˈmän-\

Simple Definition of maunder

  • : to talk for a long time in a boring way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of maunder

maunderedmaundering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly British :  grumble

  3. 2 :  to wander slowly and idly

  4. 3 :  to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly

maunderer play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of maunder in a sentence

  1. <maundered all over town on his day off>

  2. <ask her a question and she'll maunder for half an hour>



Did You Know?

Maunder looks a lot like meander, and that's not all the two words have in common-both mean "to wander aimlessly," either physically or in speech. Some critics have suggested that while meander can describe a person's verbal and physical rambling, in addition to the wanderings of things like paths and streams, maunder should be limited to wandering words. The problem with that reasoning is that maunder has been used of the physical movements of people since at least 1775, whereas meander didn't acquire that use until around 1831. These days, meander tends to be the more common choice, although maunder does continue to turn up in both applications.

Origin of maunder

probably imitative


First Known Use: 1621

Rhymes with maunder


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