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 All that said: If the Washington team that played Sunday shows up at Hard Rock Stadium, the Dolphins will saunter to loss No. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde10: Ten Dolphins-centric thoughts on an NFL Sunday with some good, some bad," 6 Oct. 2019 Dressed in a romantic red gown, the former Fifth Harmony songstress sauntered across the floor with partner Sasha Farber, garnering a score of 29 out of 30 from the judges. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Ally Brooke Gets Nearly 'Perfect' Score With Viennese Waltz to Ed Sheeran Hit on 'DWTS'," 18 Nov. 2019 This time, with a three-shot lead, McIlroy sauntered up with the tournament deep in his back pocket. Daniel Rapaport,, "McIlroy Caps Tremendous Season With Tour Championship, FedEx Cup Title," 25 Aug. 2019 A few minutes later, a leopard sauntered out, an adult gelada in its mouth. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019 The atmosphere was somewhat tense as the MC5 were introduced by a would-be rabble rouser, and all of the members except for lead singer Rob Tyner casually sauntered onstage. al, "The night the original punks came to Birmingham," 19 Nov. 2019 Strasburg sauntered back for the bottom half with much more room to work. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros drop Game 6 of World Series to Nationals," 30 Oct. 2019 Before sentencing, Dorfman sauntered in broad daylight through the parking lot of the Lincolnwood Hyatt with his friend, bail bondsman Irwin Weiner. John Kass,, "Column: Chicago Outfit boss Joey ‘the Clown’ Lombardo and St. Dismas, the ‘Good Thief’," 23 Oct. 2019 When Lillard would saunter into the gym at 9 a.m. — about a half-hour before the scrimmages — Nurkic was already done with his workout, bolting away from the weight room or leaving the court to make way for his teammates. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic ‘not looking back’ as he rehabs from gruesome leg injury," 1 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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saunter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce saunter (audio)

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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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