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

Scouting reports in one hand and a smile across his face, Max Stassi meandered through a clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "'It's just weird:' Max Stassi returns to Minute Maid Park," 23 Aug. 2019 Guests arriving at the Lotusland Celebrates: Memoirs of a Garden gala meandered the footpaths surrounding the koi pond, where orange- and black-speckled fish could be spotted darting between lily pads and glinting in the late-afternoon sun. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Lotusland gala raises $500,000 in high style," 29 July 2019 Take a seat next to a local, meander over to the scratch card machine, and make some memories. Megan Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "10 easy and fun ideas for your summer bucket list," 26 July 2019 His memory meanders and leaves him grasping for names and dates and thoughts. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "With or Without a Stanley Cup, the Blues Will Lose Their Voice," 4 June 2019 On the western side of the river, Teton Park Road and the adjacent biking/hiking path meanders through the heart of the park to Jenny Lake and its visitor center. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Teton National Park," 29 July 2019 The action meanders, undermining a strong point of view. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Dallas theater festival deals with mental illness and other issues facing us in these anxious times," 18 July 2019 In addition, the Los Alamitos Trail meanders along the creek and is a popular venue for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Mountain views, access to Los Alamitos Trail enhance the ambience of this Graystone home," 10 July 2019 Rio Grande Trail Taking its name from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad that ran its Aspen branch through the Roaring Fork Valley, the mostly paved 42-mile Rio Grande Trail meanders along the old rail corridor from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 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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