wandering

adjective
wan·​der·​ing | \ ˈwän-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of wandering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: characterized by aimless, slow, or pointless movement: such as
a : that winds or meanders a wandering course
b : not keeping a rational or sensible course : vagrant
c : nomadic wandering tribes
d of a plant : having long runners or tendrils

wandering

noun

Definition of wandering (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a going about from place to place often used in plural
2 : movement away from the proper, normal, or usual course or place often used in plural

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Examples of wandering in a Sentence

Adjective

your decidedly wandering essay loses its punch—stick to one theme a wandering carnival that visited small towns all over the South

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cormier is a storyteller who celebrates song itself and the wandering spirit that infuses folk music and the lives of many folk singers. John Adamian, courant.com, "Canadian Troubadour J.P. Cormier Coming To Hartford," 17 Mar. 2018 Numerous officers responded to find the girl’s parents after passersby reported the wandering toddler, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Hartford Police Arrest Father Of Wandering Toddler," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The whole space has an open, flowing layout, to encourage seamless wandering. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A First Look at the Faena Bazaar, Miami Beach’s New Design Destination," 3 Dec. 2018 Power Moves: With Mercury shifting into your zone of solitary wanderings and messages from the body, this week is a delicious mental bathtub packed with rose petals. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 But throughout my twenties and thirties the first week of April was dedicated to desultory wanderings across the American Southwest. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 Their alleged wanderings caused collateral damage to their spouses and families, but not to the public. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013 Turns out Chieng is something of a wandering, Bourdain-like food fiend, who has Google Maps literally star-studded with his favorite restaurants and bars. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ronny Chieng on 'Crazy Rich Asians,' Singapore Eats, and Coming Up in Melbourne," 9 Aug. 2018 The custom for most rural Americans was to buy from local merchants or the occasional wandering peddler. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Country Living, "The Lost Charm of Mail-Order Catalogs In America," 25 Oct. 2016 And when Kif holds him still and tries to gather facts, Heidl instead launches into wandering lectures on philosophy and humanity, quoting aphorisms and advising Kif on how to live his life. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times, "A Novel Based on the True Story of a Con Man and His Ghostwriter," 1 June 2018 Though now walking a familiar route home, the sensation of wandering does not abate. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of wandering

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wandering

adjective
wan·​der·​ing | \ ˈwän-də-riŋ \

Medical Definition of wandering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: floating a wandering spleen

wandering

noun

Medical Definition of wandering (Entry 2 of 2)

: movement of a tooth out of its normal position especially as a result of periodontal disease

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