Origin and Etymology of meander
Latin maeander, from Greek maiandros, from Maiandros (now Menderes), river in Asia Minor
First Known Use: 1576
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
Full Definition of meander
1 : to follow a winding or intricate course
2 : to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination : ramble
Examples of meander in a sentence
The path meanders through the garden.
We meandered around the village.
The conversation meandered on for hours.
First Known Use of meander
Synonym Discussion of meander
Rhymes with meander
backhander, blackhander, bystander, commander, demander, expander, flatlander, germander, glad-hander, goosander, grandstander, inlander, Leander, left-hander, Lysander, mainlander, outlander, philander, pomander, right-hander, scrimshander, soft-lander, Uitlander
MEANDER Defined for Kids
Definition of meander for Students
1 : to follow a winding course <A brook meanders through the fields.>
2 : to wander without a goal or purpose <He spends his days meandering around town.>
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