wander


wan·der

verb \ˈwän-dər\

: to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction

: to follow a path with many turns

: to go away from a path, course, etc.

wan·deredwan·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of WANDER

intransitive verb
1
a :  to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal
b :  to go idly about :  ramble <wandering around the house>
2
:  to follow a winding course :  meander
3
a :  to go astray (as from a course) :  stray <wandered away from the group>
b :  to go astray morally :  err
c :  to lose normal mental contact :  stray in thought <his mind wandered>
transitive verb
:  to roam over <wandered the halls>
wander noun
wan·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Origin of WANDER

Middle English wandren, from Old English wandrian; akin to Middle High German wandern to wander, Old English windan to wind, twist
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of WANDER

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>.

Rhymes with WANDER

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