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

Example Sentences

raised in a nomadic family, she attended half a dozen different high schools
Recent Examples on the Web After decades working as a computer network administrator in Ottawa, his life now echoes the nomadic ways of his father, his grandfather, his great grandfather and so on, going back some 15 generations. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 The Scorpio Sun is lighting up your nomadic ninth house and all systems are go—on YOUR end—but a restraining square from cautious Saturn in your reflective twelfth house can cut your engines. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 13 Nov. 2022 The teaser introduced Yeoh as the deadly Scian, the last member of a nomadic tribe of sword-elves on a quest to retrieve a blade stolen from her people — along with Sophia Brown as Éile and Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall. Michaela Zee, Variety, 10 Nov. 2022 Born in Berlin, a nomadic childhood saw her move between Guinea, France, and the United States. Liam Hess, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2022 Arkenberg's entry into coaching wasn't traditional, but he's managed to find stability in an extremely nomadic profession. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2022 With its new Transit Trail van, Ford is betting that ‘tweens in 2060 will stare at antiquated JPEGs of older relatives who once lived nomadic lives and called vans their homes. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2022 Dorjey now lives with his wife, two daughters and a son in Kharnakling, where scores of other nomadic families from his native village have also settled in the last two decades. Aijaz Hussain, ajc, 2 Nov. 2022 The alternative lifestyle caught on among remote workers during the pandemic, after becoming popular in the 2010s among millennials seeking nomadic adventure. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

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 5 Dec. 2022.

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