Definition of wander
1a : to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goalb : to go idly about : ramble wandering around the house
2 : to follow a winding course : meander
: to roam over wandered the halls
wandererplay \ˈwän-dər-ər\ noun
Examples of wander in a Sentence
I was just wandering around the house.
They wandered down the street.
Students were wandering the halls.
He wandered away from the trail and got lost.
Recent Examples of wander from the Web
After wandering the stalls of the 70th annual 57th Street Art Fair, head over to Hyde Park’s downtown to sample craft beer, grab a snack and take in some live music.
For $24, folks can wander through the tent and see virtual reality movies, full-room art installations and sculptures meant to play with perception.
In his previous start, the veteran right-hander struggled with wandering command and far too much solid contact, giving up 10 runs in four innings pitched, including eight in one inning.
His dogs had been missing after wandering from their Chicago home, and Hanania allegedly identified himself as the owner to a woman who found them and posted an ad on Facebook, authorities said.
Seven months before his assassination, the president threw a party on his yacht, complete with live music, Dom Pérignon, and wandering hands.
Although Parkville was never the scene of a major battle, Southern-leaning bushwhackers raided the town in 1864 and shot several residents, including a Mr. Brink who lost an ear to wandering hogs before the body could be rescued from the street.
Deer grazed on bushes nearby and raccoons wandered liberally, enticed by the bowls of food and water set out by Mr. Shields.
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Origin and Etymology of wander
Middle English wandren, from Old English wandrian; akin to Middle High German wandern to wander, Old English windan to wind, twist
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of wander
WANDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wander for English Language Learners
: to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction
: to follow a path with many turns
: to go away from a path, course, etc.
WANDER Defined for Kids
Definition of wander for Students
1 : to move about without a goal or purpose : ramble
2 : to get off the right path or leave the right area : stray “She would never wander far away alone … you know how timid she is.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
3 : to lose concentration My mind began to wander.
4 : to follow a winding course The path wanders through the woods.
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