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First Known Use of peripatetic
Examples of peripatetic in a Sentence
She worked as a peripatetic journalist for most of her life.
He had a peripatetic career as a salesman.
Recent Examples of peripatetic from the Web
O’Rourke has sought to change that with a peripatetic campaign strategy that will take him to all of the state’s 254 counties by Election Day.
Brown considers only four elements in his peripatetic exposition on beer but each is examined to the molecular level.
In Bae Suah’s Recitation, a striking and ambitious work that was published in the U.S. this year, the hole is that the person who appears to be its protagonist, a peripatetic traveler named Kyung-hee, may not, in the end, exist at all.
But mostly, there’s no patience—and no allocation in production budgets—for his preferred mode of peripatetic sound-searching and experimentation.
His 1997 memoir, All Over but the Shoutin', about growing up in poverty near Jacksonville, Alabama, is about a peripatetic childhood with a brutal, hard-drinking father and an extraordinary mother who refused to give up on her son.
Sometimes the entry hall's hanging light fixture is taken down and the peripatetic table is moved to make way for as many as 70 guests; the walls of the drawing room reflect the warm, clubby glow given off by lamps with red-silk shades.
This sort of textile, associated with the peripatetic Hill people of Vietnam and Thailand, is distinguished by rows of neon-bright stitches in silk or cotton (sometimes juxtaposed with indigo batik).
Simon is the gifted, hilarious, and peripatetic barkeep who's currently running the beverage side of things at Katana, a massive Japanese restaurant that took off in Hollywood and landed its second location in River North in early August.
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Did You Know?
Are you someone who likes to think on your feet? If so, you've got something in common with the followers of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Not only a thinker and teacher, Aristotle was also a walker, and his students were required to walk along beside him as he lectured while pacing to and fro. Thus it was that the Greek word peripatētikos (from peripatein, meaning "to walk up and down") came to be associated with Aristotle and his followers. By the way, the covered walk in the Lyceum where Aristotle taught was known as the "peripatos" (which can either refer to the act of walking or a place for walking).
Origin and Etymology of peripatetic
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsambulant, ambulatory, errant, fugitive, gallivanting (also galavanting), nomad, nomadic, perambulatory, peregrine, itinerant, ranging, roaming, roving, vagabond, vagrant, wandering, wayfaring
Related Wordsdrifting, footloose, meandering, rambling; sauntering, strolling, traipsing, walking; migrant, migratory
Near Antonymsimmobile, nonmoving, settled, standing, static, stationary; motionless, still
PERIPATETIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peripatetic for English Language Learners
: going from place to place usually as part of your job
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