wander
verb (wandered; wandering) Etymology: Middle English wandren, from Old English wandrian; akin to Middle High German wandern to wander, Old English windan to wind, twist Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal b. to go idly about ; ramble <
wandering around the house
>
2. to follow a winding course ; meander 3. a. to go astray (as from a course) ; stray <
wandered away from the group
>
b. to go astray morally ; err c. to lose normal mental contact ; stray in thought <
his mind wandered
>
transitive verb to roam over <
wandered the halls
>
wander nounwanderer noun Synonyms: wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander 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
>
. roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield <
liked to roam through the woods
>
. ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective <
the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point
>
. rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming <
armed brigands roved over the countryside
>
. traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful <
traipsed all over town looking for the right dress
>
. meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering <
the river meanders for miles through rich farmland
>
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