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

intransitive verb

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

Examples of saunter in a Sentence

They sauntered slowly down the street. He sauntered into the store.
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Word History


probably from Middle English santren to muse

First Known Use

circa 1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saunter was circa 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Saunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


saun·​ter ˈsȯnt-ər How to pronounce saunter (audio)
: to walk along in an idle or leisurely manner : stroll
saunter noun
saunterer noun

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