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Examples of maunder in a Sentence
maundered all over town on his day off
ask her a question and she'll maunder for half an hour
Recent Examples of maunder from the Web
Hughes ran efficient and productive meetings, with a low tolerance for maundering or side conversation, but he was given pause by the gravity of the occasion.
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Wander Towards maunder
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 and Etymology of maunder
First Known Use: 1622See Words from the same year
Synonymsbat, cruise, drift, float, gad (about), gallivant (also galavant), kick around, knock (about), wander, meander, mooch, ramble, range, roam, rove, traipse
Antonymscrow, delight, rejoice
Related Wordsamble, saunter, stroll; dawdle, mope; gypsy, hobo, tramp, vagabond; mill (about or around); straggle, stray
Near Antonymsaccept, bear, countenance, endure, take, tolerate; applaud, cheer, commend
MAUNDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of maunder for English Language Learners
: to talk for a long time in a boring way
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