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 saunterer (audio) , ˈsän-​ \ noun

Examples of saunter in a Sentence

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

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During his heyday at Cambridge in the 1970s, sandals-in-all-seasons Conway would typically saunter into the mathematics department common room and announce his arrival by slapping his hand on one of the large steel girders in the middle of the room. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 Just as those Instagrammers and tweeters were leaving, Durant, blue Warriors hoodie pulled tight over his head, sauntered to the court. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ title chances could hinge on Kevin Durant’s return," 9 June 2019 Day three of weekend one, Kendall sauntered up to the VIP box at Revolve Festival surrounded by a massive entourage, looking dead gorgeous. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Basically Wore the Exact Same Outfit to Coachella Music Festival," 16 Apr. 2019 Following the screening, guests sauntered to the lobby bar of the Whitby Hotel, where the lush surroundings felt as though they were plucked straight from the silver screen. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Keira Knightley Smoldered at the New York Premiere of Her Post-War Drama The Aftermath," 14 Mar. 2019 Jennifer Lopez sauntered through Italy’s sunny coast wearing her signature supertight topknot, while actress Jessica Alba let her second-day waves down in Manhattan. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of August 13, 2018," 14 Aug. 2018 Whether sauntering the streets of Paris, Milan or Manhattan, Jenner has swapped her acrylic heels and strappy stilettos for a substantial white Adidas sneaker that recalls more than one 80's TV father figure. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Secret For Mile Long Legs Includes a Pair of $1,500 Adidas Sneakers," 24 July 2018 Hinch sauntered from the dugout, the bases now full with nobody out. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Homesick: Astros' woes at MMP continue with shutout loss to Rangers," 12 May 2018 Since Lopez has been known to saunter the streets in an off-duty post-gym bun and crop top, the megawatt airport look hardly comes as a surprise. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Pulls the Ultimate Beauty Power Move at the Airport," 7 Nov. 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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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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