saun·​ter ˈsȯn-tər How to pronounce saunter (audio)
sauntered; sauntering; saunters

intransitive verb

: to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner : stroll
sauntered slowly down the street
saunter noun
saunterer noun

Examples of saunter in a Sentence

They sauntered slowly down the street. He sauntered into the store.
Recent Examples on the Web Singing over oscillating synths and intense percussion, Cyrus — who previously sang a live cover of the song during her November performance at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. — injects her own flair and pop-star energy into David Byrne’s sauntering original. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 17 May 2024 During the field day festivities, a bear with her cubs (this was on the West Coast) sauntered onto the playground and mass hysteria ensued. Sherry Kuehl, Kansas City Star, 15 May 2024 Just listen to how her wispy vocals insist on love in a way reminiscent of countdown-to-Y2K music by Aaliyah and Janet, her room-to-breathe productions shimmying and sauntering with a palette of pop sounds gone by. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Many on the northern reaches of the path of the eclipse may not be so lucky as far as the weather goes, which is why millions may saunter south to Texas hoping for a better viewpoint. David Montesino, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 Gosling took off his hat, plopped it on the head of an audience member (his sister), and sauntered up to the stage. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 One of the cats sauntered over and laid down at my feet. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 6 Feb. 2024 Definitely still sore but the little pig got up, sauntering over to his rescuer. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Feb. 2024 As the event attendees sauntered around the event, eating the 17’s favorite foods, like Luke Hoyer’s chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A and Alexander Schachter’s nutella crepes, Ellen Enoch-Marx petted a pony, to pay tribute to Meadow Pollack’s love of horses. Jimena Tavel, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History


probably from Middle English santren to muse

First Known Use

circa 1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saunter was circa 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Saunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


saun·​ter ˈsȯnt-ər How to pronounce saunter (audio)
: to walk along in an idle or leisurely manner : stroll
saunter noun
saunterer noun

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