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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jaden, who mostly raps, revealed his singing chops, though compared with his sister’s building powerhouse belts, his vocals just sauntered. Teta Alim, Washington Post, "Jaden and Willow Smith bring sibling revelry — and youthful urgency — to D.C. concert," 25 Nov. 2019 In the news studio, meteorologists no longer saunter back to the desk for a quick chat with the anchors after their weather report. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Solo TV anchors? How social distancing, coronavirus is changing how local TV is produced," 19 Mar. 2020 When the 49ers sauntered off the field at halftime Sunday night leading 13-0 (yes, the 49ers held the Seahawks scoreless in the first half in this house of horrors) the realization dawned on many that, hey, maybe these 49ers are a pretty good team. Scott Ostler,, "49ers too legit to quit after nailbiting classic win at Seattle," 29 Dec. 2019 After hitting one of the most memorable shots in franchise history and pulling the Trail Blazers out of playoff purgatory, the hero sauntered over to the scorer’s table at the Moda Center. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Trail Blazers classics: Damian Lillard’s iconic buzzer-beater lifts Portland over Houston Rockets in 2014 Western Conference playoffs," 7 Apr. 2020 The badger saunters to the edge of the tunnel, pausing at the edge. Anna Bauman,, "Wildlife cam shows coyote playfully leading badger into tunnel near Santa Cruz mountains," 4 Feb. 2020 Texas sauntered out of the locker room looking dead-on-arrival. Nick Moyle,, "Brief revival of ‘Havoc’ encouraging but not enough to snap Texas’ losing skid," 25 Jan. 2020 Disneyland often opens early, allowing guests to saunter down (and shop along) Main Street. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Visiting Disneyland for Christmas? Avoid making these 10 common mistakes," 20 Nov. 2019 As Westbrook untucked his jersey and sauntered toward the visitors’ locker room, fans clapped and hollered as if Stephen Curry had just hit a game-winner in the playoffs. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors have no answer for Rockets’ small ball in blowout loss," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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