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
Recent Examples on the Web School kidnappings by gunmen -- whom analysts identify as mostly young, former nomadic cattle herders -- have taken place in nine states, and targets have included everyone from preschoolers to university students. Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2021 So far, the nomadic lifestyle is suiting the Standishes well. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Was the pandemic also a factor for living a nomadic lifestyle? Diane J. Cho,, 7 Sep. 2021 Out of reach until recently, wanderlust was the one item the nomadic New York designer Ulla Johnson most wished to scratch off her vision board for a lot of the past year. Kristen Bateman, Town & Country, 6 Sep. 2021 In July of 2018, Meeker (who has travelled to over 40 countries, honing his nomadic skills) bought a mobile home in Australia and hit the road. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 These are generally solitary and nomadic scavengers, always on the move in search of food. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021 Just up the road from the quaint downtown, a field filled with more than 50 vendors includes local sellers and nomadic antiques dealers who arrive every year in beat-up school busses and Airstream trailers., 13 Aug. 2021 Evita Robinson is a nomadic explorer who built one of the earliest online communities for Black travelers. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of nomadic

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nomadic was circa 1818

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“Nomadic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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