saun·ter | \ ˈsȯn-tər , ˈsän- \
sauntered; sauntering; saunters

Definition of saunter 

intransitive verb

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

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Other words from saunter

saunter noun
saunterer \ˈsȯn-tər-ər, ˈsän- \ noun

Examples of saunter in a Sentence

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

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But that doesn’t mean that Ant-Man and the Wasp, with all of their ease and banter, shouldn’t saunter in and have a little fun. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 About half an hour later, after security made all bystanders in the lobby put away their smartphones, Kim emerged from the elevator and sauntered by in a path cordoned off by velvet ropes. Victoria Kim,, "I grew up in striking distance of North Korea’s artillery. Covering Kim's summit with Trump was sobering and personal.," 13 June 2018 As the Warriors sauntered toward their locker room, Iguodala put Curry in a vicious one-arm headlock, pulled him head-to-head and chattered sincerely into his ear. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a difference-maker," 6 June 2018 Much to Offerman’s delight, the raccoon nonchalantly saunters down the alley before climbing a fence to a tree. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Nick Offerman on Playing the Hip Dad in 'Hearts Beat Loud,' Buying a Guitar From Jeff Tweedy & Crate Digging," 5 June 2018 Moreland watched a filthy curveball fall in as Cole sauntered from the field, unwilling to wait for home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi's elongated strike three call. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Gerrit Cole, Astros overpower Red Sox," 1 June 2018 And after a moment, success: The raccoon wiggles loose from the jar and begins to saunter off, video shows. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 June 2018 His charisma sprung from a gruff confidence that—along with the resources of major American television networks and the freedoms of an American passport—allowed him to saunter about the globe and tell you what was what. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "Anthony Bourdain’s Extreme Empathy," 10 June 2018 Midland's Mark Wystrach, riding an endorphin high after his band's set at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif., saunters up to a backstage picnic table where Jason Owen sits, midinterview, sipping on a beer. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players List Revealed: The Industry's Most Influential," 5 June 2018

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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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The first known use of saunter was circa 1667

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English Language Learners Definition of saunter

: to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner


saun·ter | \ ˈsȯn-tər \
sauntered; sauntering

Kids Definition of saunter

: to walk in a slow relaxed way : stroll

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