- An example of roam is aimlessly walking through the forest.
- An example of roam is window shopping while waiting for a friend.
Origin of roamMiddle English romen from or akin to Old English aræman, to rise from Indo-European an unverified form erei- from base an unverified form er-, to set in motion from source rise, run
verbroamed, roam·ing, roams
- To move about without purpose or plan; wander. See Synonyms at wander.
- To turn the attention from one subject to another with little clarity or coherence of thought: I could hear the speaker, but my thoughts were roaming.
- a. To move or pass over the body: His hands roamed over her body.b. To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner: Her eyes roamed around the room.
- To use a cell phone network outside of a home service area as defined by a service plan.
- To wander over or through: roamed the streets.
- To be directed over or around (an area): Her gaze roamed the beach.
Origin of roamMiddle English romen
(third-person singular simple present roams, present participle roaming, simple past and past participle roamed)
From Middle English romen, from Old English *rÄmian, from Proto-Germanic *raimÅnan (“to wander"), from *raim- (“to move, raise"), from Proto-Indo-European *rÄ«-, *reyw-, *(o)reyÇ- (“to move, lift, flow"). Akin to Old English ÄrÇ£man "to arise, stand up, lift up", Old High German rÄmÄ“n (“to aim") (> archaic German rahmen (“to strive")), Middle Dutch rammen "to night-wander, copulate", rammelen "to wander about, ramble". More at ramble