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wanderlust

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noun wan·der·lust \ˈwän-dər-ˌləst\

Simple Definition of wanderlust

  • : a strong desire to travel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wanderlust

  1. :  strong longing for or impulse toward wandering

Examples of wanderlust in a sentence

  1. Wanderlust has led him to many different parts of the world.



Did You Know?

For my part, writes Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Sounds like a case of wanderlust if we ever heard one. Those with "wanderlust" don't necessarily need to go anywhere in particular; they just don't care to stay in one spot. The etymology of wanderlust is a very simple one that you can probably figure out yourself. "Wanderlust" is lust (or "desire") for wandering. The word comes from German, in which wandern means "to wander," and Lust means "desire."

Origin and Etymology of wanderlust

German, from wandern to wander + Lust desire, pleasure


First Known Use: 1875


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