meander

noun
me·​an·​der | \ mē-ˈan-dər How to pronounce meander (audio) \

Definition of meander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a winding path or course the new path, which he supposed only to make a few meanders— Samuel Johnson especially : labyrinth
2 : a turn or winding of a stream The meander eventually became isolated from the main stream.

meander

verb
meandered; meandering\ mē-​ˈan-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce meandering (audio) \

Definition of meander (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to follow a winding or intricate course across the ceiling meandered a long crack— John Galsworthy
2 : to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination : ramble he meandered with the sightseers gawping at the boat people— John le Carré

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Other Words from meander

Noun

meandrous \ mē-​ˈan-​drəs How to pronounce meandrous (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of meander in a Sentence

Verb The path meanders through the garden. We meandered around the village. The conversation meandered on for hours.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pathways dotted with flagstone meander to cool retreat spaces tucked under the canopy of the redwoods, around the sprawling lawn, lush garden beds and a colorful rose garden. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A stunning remodel in a gorgeous Hidden Oaks setting," 19 Aug. 2019 Files' story and the items in the self-care kits will help students as the meander through life, Hoyt believes. al, "Birmingham high schoolers to receive mental health kits thanks to local effort," 14 Aug. 2019 If these meanders, or ripples, are extreme, cold Arctic air can spill southward or hotter air from the middle of the planet can move north. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses. Expect More.," 1 July 2019 Like a slow-moving river, a slower jet stream forms deep meanders, which can stall during the summer, sometimes for weeks. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Europe has had five 500-year summers in 15 years. And now this," 28 June 2019 But after a promising setup, the film meanders, trying and failing to find some sense of purpose with the two oddball characters and their rich back stories. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Tomorrow Man’ script fails fascinating characters, but Danner, Lithgow shine," 6 June 2019 Her tiaras had strong ties to the past—one Greek meander tiara included diamonds from Napoleon’s sword, another included pearls belonging to the Empress Josephine. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A 40-Carat Diamond Ring with Ties to the French Royal Family Was Just Recovered by Police in Paris," 8 Apr. 2019 Yet the kid, still mired in self-doubt, makes bad decisions in the course of a shapeless plot that sometimes manages, in mid-meander, to minimize the threat from Grimmel, who isn’t interesting at all. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: More Smoke Than Fire," 21 Feb. 2019 Thick channels of paint drag your eye not into the picture, but on a slow meander across its surface. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wayne Thiebaud’s early works still confound," 20 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plunkett doesn’t have many concrete answers, and the book can meander, following a loose, speculative energy. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Instagram, Facebook, and the Perils of “Sharenting”," 11 Sep. 2019 With Oakland’s offense disappearing entirely, the game meandered into the 11th inning, which is when No. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s drop second game vs. Tigers; bullpen falters, bats go silent," 6 Sep. 2019 Jet streams are meandering air currents within the Earth's atmosphere that move all across the planet. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Return of the Airship Makes More Sense Than Ever," 5 Sep. 2019 Around the barns and along the midways, crowds meander through the fairgrounds in search of good old-fashioned fun. Craig F. Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "14 photos of New England’s favorite country fairs," 15 Aug. 2019 Commercial motorcycles, locally known as okadas, which help people move faster, meandering between cars locked in traffic jams, have become a key cog in Lagos’ transport infrastructure despite lingering misgivings by the Lagos state government. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Google is using Maps to try and bring order to one of Africa’s most chaotic cities," 25 July 2019 The plan for Adi has meandered at times this season due to off-field issues and a lack of offensive production, but for one night against the Chicago Fire, the plan worked. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Fanendo Adi delivers late winner in 2-1 victory against Chicago Fire," 11 July 2019 Some onlookers meandered throughout the plaza as firefighters and police picked through debris. Anchorage Daily News, "At least 20 hurt in explosion at South Florida shopping center," 6 July 2019 Boaters will meander down the river for 6.3 miles, a journey of approximately two hours. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Mississippi River Paddle Share to reopen in St. Paul," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of meander

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meander

Noun and Verb

Latin maeander, from Greek maiandros, from Maiandros (now Menderes), river in Asia Minor

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meander

verb

English Language Learners 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

meander

verb
me·​an·​der | \ mē-ˈan-dər How to pronounce meander (audio) \
meandered; meandering

Kids Definition of meander

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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