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

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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 The elegant birds saunter past an adoring crowd, protected by a barrier on each side of their walkway. Piers Marchant, Arkansas Online, 21 May 2021 Any major city near a border likely has loads of workers that saunter over that line every day. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2020 No fiction writer would dare to have an intruder dodge multiple guards, find an open window, wander around a palace drinking wine, and then saunter out again, only to return weeks later and surprise the Queen in bed. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2020 Some Bloomington residents are mourning the death of Penny the turkey, a town mascot of sorts known to saunter into the local drycleaner, gobble up bread and French fries given to him by passersby and stubbornly block lanes of traffic. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020 The men saunter out of limos in silly costumes, showering the leading lady with cheesy lines. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2020 On the other side of the split screen, the dog sauntered into the shot and sat on Jen’s legs. Fergus Mcintosh, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020 But as the Spurs called timeout and players sauntered toward the bench, Thompson was still fuming. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2019 Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden stood and smiled along the corridors of the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World on Saturday, as Elizabeth Warren sauntered by to cheers and Andrew Yang was surrounded by his fervent supporters. Steven Lemongello,, 12 Oct. 2019

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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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28 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Saunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of saunter

: to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner


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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