maunder

verb
maun·der | \ˈmȯn-dər, ˈmän-\
maundered; maundering\-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of maunder 

intransitive verb

1 chiefly British : grumble

2 : to wander slowly and idly

3 : to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly

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Other Words from maunder

maunderer \-dər-ər \ noun

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.

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

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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. Gideon Lewis-kraus, New York Times, "The Great A.I. Awakening," 14 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of maunder

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maunder

probably imitative

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maunder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of maunder

: to talk for a long time in a boring way

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