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meander

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noun me·an·der \mē-ˈan-dər\

Definition of meander

  1. 1 :  a winding path or course; especially :  labyrinth

  2. 2 :  a turn or winding of a stream

meandrous

play \-drəs\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of meander

Latin maeander, from Greek maiandros, from Maiandros (now Menderes), river in Asia Minor


First Known Use: 1576


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meander

verb me·an·der

Simple Definition of meander

  • : to have a lot of curves instead of going in a straight or direct line : to follow a winding course

  • : to walk slowly without a specific goal, purpose, or direction

  • : to go from one topic to another without any clear direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of meander

meandered

meandering

\-d(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to follow a winding or intricate course

  3. 2 :  to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination :  ramble

Examples of meander in a sentence

  1. The path meanders through the garden.

  2. We meandered around the village.

  3. The conversation meandered on for hours.



Circa 1612

First Known Use of meander

circa 1612

Synonym Discussion of meander

wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course <fond of wandering about the square just watching the people>. roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield <liked to roam through the woods>. ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective <the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point>. rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming <armed brigands roved over the countryside>. traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful <traipsed all over town looking for the right dress>. meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering <the river meanders for miles through rich farmland>.

MEANDER Defined for Kids

meander

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verb me·an·der \mē-ˈan-dər\

Definition of meander for Students

meandered

meandering

  1. 1 :  to follow a winding course <A brook meanders through the fields.>

  2. 2 :  to wander without a goal or purpose <He spends his days meandering around town.>





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