saun·​ter | \ ˈsȯn-tər How to pronounce saunter (audio) , ˈsän- \
sauntered; sauntering; saunters

Definition of saunter

intransitive verb

: to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner : stroll sauntered slowly down the street

Other Words from saunter

saunter noun
saunterer \ ˈsȯn-​tər-​ər How to pronounce saunter (audio) , ˈsän-​ \ noun

Examples of saunter in a Sentence

They sauntered slowly down the street. He sauntered into the store.
Recent Examples on the Web Bourbon lovers will want to saunter over to Hook’s Barbery. Megan Dubois, Chron, 14 July 2022 Attendees can saunter through a few blocks of the shopping district while sipping wine and hearing live music. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 June 2022 At night, guests sit around the fire with local Masai guides -- and more often than not a giant eland antelope with tusks that could kill will saunter up to Cottar and start drinking red wine from his glass. Melissa Twigg, CNN, 20 May 2022 The Crue drummer would saunter into the studio during the Classless Act sessions, sip espressos, listen to the mixes and hang. Matt Wake |, al, 31 Mar. 2022 The bear, now less than 100 feet away, glanced over at us and began to saunter left, his cadence nauseatingly cool. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 24 Feb. 2021 The OTR Kennel Club is sponsoring this fun event that will saunter around OTR and Washington Park and then wind down back at QCR where there will be food, drinks and fun. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 10 Feb. 2022 Any person can saunter into any shop without a mask; work-from-home guidance has been scrapped; and all needs for a vaccine passport have been squashed. Grace Browne, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 Check out the views on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway at Franconia Notch State Park, saunter up the Appalachian Trail, and be sure to pull over at the viewpoints for waterfalls like Flume and Silver Cascades. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of saunter

circa 1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saunter

probably from Middle English santren to muse

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“Saunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for saunter


saun·​ter | \ ˈsȯn-tər How to pronounce saunter (audio) \
sauntered; sauntering

Kids Definition of saunter

: to walk in a slow relaxed way : stroll

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