way·​far·​er | \ ˈwā-ˌfer-ər How to pronounce wayfarer (audio) \

Definition of wayfarer

: a traveler especially on foot

Other Words from wayfarer

wayfaring \ ˈwā-​ˌfer-​iŋ How to pronounce wayfarer (audio) \ adjective

Examples of wayfarer in a Sentence

one of the great wayfarers of American folklore, Johnny Appleseed wandered across the country, always planting apple seeds
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First Known Use of wayfarer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wayfarer

Middle English weyfarere, from wey, way way + -farere traveler, from faren to go — more at fare

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“Wayfarer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wayfarer. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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way·​far·​er | \ ˈwā-ˌfer-ər How to pronounce wayfarer (audio) \

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: a traveler especially on foot

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