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Definition of wanderlust

: strong longing for or impulse toward wandering

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Wanderlust Has German Roots

For my part, writes Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Sounds like a case of wanderlust if we ever heard one. Those with "wanderlust" don't necessarily need to go anywhere in particular; they just don't care to stay in one spot. The etymology of wanderlust is a very simple one that you can probably figure out yourself. "Wanderlust" is lust (or "desire") for wandering. The word comes from German, in which wandern means "to wander," and Lust means "desire."

Examples of wanderlust in a Sentence

Wanderlust has led him to many different parts of the world.

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Mominatu, @mominatu View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mominatu Boog (@mominatu) on Jun 30, 2018 at 5:45am PDT Model and content creator Mominatu always blows me away with her beauty and wanderlust. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "20 Inspiring Beauty Instagram Accounts Led by Women of Color," 29 Apr. 2019 But the lights are not guaranteed even in high latitudes, making their appearance a bucket list item made only more enticing in the age of #wanderlust imagecrafting. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep on Chasing the Northern Lights," 25 Mar. 2019 The Escapist Clutch The first twinge of spring is sure to stir a bit of wanderlust. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 But beyond the mistletoe kisses and snowy scenes, the films may inspire a little wanderlust, too. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Majestic Christmas' Was Filmed in the Cutest Small Town—And You Can Visit," 2 Dec. 2018 Out of that aforementioned discussion (and other smaller internal chats), a forecast was born: For Spring 2019, wanderlust and craftiness are the big stories, so are bold shoulders and beige. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "I Like It Like That! 11 Outfits That Will Be All Over Instagram This Spring," 19 Oct. 2018 The enormous design selection ranges from wanderlust nature scenes to old-timey sailor-and-compass prints to kittens shooting lasers out of their eyes (sold out, obviously). Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Tyvek Time? These Watches Are Made of Recycled Home Wrap," 13 Nov. 2018 There's nothing like a gloriously sunny day to inspire a serious case of wanderlust. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "5 Cheap Road Trips to Take When You Really Need to Get Out of Town," 25 July 2018 Those born with natal planets in the Ninth House are extremely curious and inquisitive, with deep-rooted wanderlust. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wanderlust

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wanderlust

German, from wandern to wander + Lust desire, pleasure

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English Language Learners Definition of wanderlust

: a strong desire to travel

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