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
With the help of technology and a police dog, the community leaders were found safe after a game of hide and seek meant to raise awareness about a tracking device to help police find someone with memory issues or a disability who has wandered.
Marchal wanders away for long stretches of time, getting things set up or talking with fans.
Kevin Heath was wandering around his local CVS pharmacy in search of licorice for his wife, stymied that the candy display was no longer in its usual spot at the front of the store.
Wandering Fox Trail, 8608, No. 205-John and Virginia Robinson to Peter B. and Pamela S. Whitney, $232,000.
Charlie is a 7-pound, 10-year-old Chihuahua mix who was found wandering as a stray.
Without wandering into spoiler territory, a few more things can be noted: It is set in a small East Coast town that looks as safe and bucolic as any Norman Rockwell community.
Hall has a sound delivery, though his arm slot can wander and detract from his control and command.
Even his ingenious business council meetings are less a thing, and health care reform and other projects seem to be wandering around with no sense of direction.
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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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