no·​mad·​ic | \ nō-ˈma-dik How to pronounce nomadic (audio) \

Definition of nomadic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of nomads a nomadic tribe nomadic herders
2 : roaming about from place to place aimlessly, frequently, or without a fixed pattern of movement a nomadic hobo

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Examples of nomadic in a Sentence

raised in a nomadic family, she attended half a dozen different high schools

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Vodianova leaned into the nomadic look (a Loewe Spring 2018 theme!), pairing the shoe with baggy pants, a loose cardigan and tank, and a Christian Dior messenger bag. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Dua Lipa Does Extreme Animal Print, Emily Ratajkowski Glows on a Boat," 6 Apr. 2019 Whatever the route, the nomadic Minshew has landed in the Senior Bowl, along with quarterbacks like Duke’s Daniel Jones, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Missouri’s Drew Lock. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home," 22 Jan. 2019 The Himba response to the aridity of Kaokoland is nomadic pastoralism. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Specifically, the war with Boko Haram has spilled into areas where nomadic herders typically roam, forcing them to find new terrain. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 The closest may be the Nabateans, a nomadic desert culture known for its rock reliefs that eventually settled down to found the city of Petra. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Life-Size Camel Carvings Found in the Saudi Desert," 14 Feb. 2018 Then, when the roads disappear, you're met not with horses, but with reindeer, which will cart you three hours to your final destination: an Airbnb tepee with your hosts, Otgonbayar and Zorigt, members of the nomadic Dukha tribe. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 Photos courtesy of Caravan Outfitter The allure of #VanLife is strong, from the nomadic lifestyle to the ability to camp wherever, whenever. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modular camper van sleeps two and hauls gear, asks $37K," 22 Oct. 2018 Clemens and Radboy mean to take this new, nomadic, scene-shifting format forward. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Telfar Takes Over London’s Serpentine Gallery," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nomadic

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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no·​mad·​ic | \ nō-ˈma-dik How to pronounce nomadic (audio) \

Kids Definition of nomadic

1 : characteristic of or being a nomad or group of nomads nomadic herders a nomadic lifestyle
2 : roaming about from place to place nomadic wolves

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