Synonyms & Antonyms of wander

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to move about from place to place aimlessly
  • we just went outside and wandered around until it was time to go

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2 to commit an offense
  • we have all wandered from the path of righteousness at least once in our lives

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Synonyms of wander (Entry 2 of 2)

a relaxed journey on foot for exercise or pleasure
  • a wander through the woods

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Frequently Asked Questions About wander

How does the verb wander contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of wander are meander, ramble, roam, rove, and traipse. While all these words mean "to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose," wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course.

fond of wandering about the square just watching the people

When might meander be a better fit than wander?

The words meander and wander are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering.

the river meanders for miles through rich farmland

When is ramble a more appropriate choice than wander?

The meanings of ramble and wander largely overlap; however, ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective.

the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point

When would roam be a good substitute for wander?

The words roam and wander can be used in similar contexts, but roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield.

liked to roam through the woods

When can rove be used instead of wander?

While in some cases nearly identical to wander, rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming.

armed brigands roved over the countryside

In what contexts can traipse take the place of wander?

The synonyms traipse and wander are sometimes interchangeable, but traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful.

traipsed all over town looking for the right dress

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The first known use of wander was before the 12th century

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“Wander.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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