no·​mad·​ic nō-ˈma-dik How to pronounce nomadic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of nomads
a nomadic tribe
nomadic herders
: roaming about from place to place aimlessly, frequently, or without a fixed pattern of movement
a nomadic hobo

Examples of nomadic in a Sentence

raised in a nomadic family, she attended half a dozen different high schools
Recent Examples on the Web Now, a high-tech protein analysis of cauldrons used by nomadic people in present day Mongolia during the Bronze Age indicates that the cookware was used to make sausages and ferment milk. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 5 June 2024 This nomadic lifestyle began when Marler, a proud veteran, noticed that several teams’ official stores did not offer veteran discounts, including the A’s. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 The practice has also been employed in Asia since at least the sixth century A.D., when nomadic Buddhists are said to have brought the concept of onsen (inns and bathhouses built around natural geothermal pools) to Japan from the Korean Peninsula. Gisela Williams, New York Times, 28 May 2024 Furiosa’s sharpshooting mom Mary (Charlee Fraser) rescues her daughter from this nomadic biker horde, but their escape is foiled and Dementus tortures and kills Mary, taking Furiosa as a prisoner. Need a break? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for nomadic 

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Word History


borrowed from Greek nomadikós "of a shepherd or herdsman, pastoral," from nomad-, nomás "wanderer, shepherd, nomad" + -ikos -ic entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nomadic was circa 1818

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“Nomadic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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