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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As Tales of the Cocktail attendees sauntered through the hallways of New Orleans’s Royal Sonesta Hotel in search of their next drink, a room full of hospitality professionals anticipated what a panel of their peers for had to say. Fortune, "What I Learned in Inclusion Training at the World’s Top Cocktail Festival," 10 Aug. 2019 The failure stranded the bases loaded and sent Houston starter Wade Miley sauntering from the pitcher's mound. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros stymie Mike Trout, Angels for 3rd consecutive win," 24 Aug. 2019 As Runkel, Trippy and Runkel’s proud family and friends moved to the side of the stage for photos with the governor, the grand champion barrow sauntered out to the stage prodded by Logan Schmitz of Mineral Point. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers sells his first livestock at State Fair auction," 7 Aug. 2019 Electronic music thrummed through two adjacent speakers, mixing with the low hum of kitchen equipment as the day's first guests sauntered into the snug space for their fix of udon noodles in savory, umami-laden broth. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurants have grown irritatingly loud. What has that done to our taste?," 7 July 2019 His Eephus pitch sauntered to the plate at about 65 mph. Greg Moore, azcentral, "If the Diamondbacks are sellers, this homestand could be the last chance to see these guys," 18 July 2019 While canvassing Manchester's ward 8 for local Mayor Joyce Craig, Booker saunters through streets, pausing once to record a video for Instagram and twice to apologize to neighbors for the gaggle of reporters crossing his wake. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "On the road with Cory Booker in New Hampshire," 17 July 2019 The Warriors’ new rookie sauntered into his introductory press conference. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "How Warriors’ Jordan Poole’s ‘under-dog situation’ could help Steph Curry," 12 July 2019 Willing my happy boy to saunter down the aisle back to his seat. Julie M. Green, Washington Post, "The day my autistic son wandered from school," 1 July 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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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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