- Wander is defined as to travel without a definite purpose.
An example of wander is to roam around a state park without a plan or fixed destination.
- to move or go about aimlessly, without plan or fixed destination; ramble; roam
- to go to a destination in a casual way or by an indirect route; idle; stroll
- to turn aside or astray (from a path, course, etc.); lose one's way
- to stray from home, friends, familiar places, etc.: often with off
- to go astray in mind or purpose; specif.,
- to drift away from a subject, as in discussion; stray or roam in thought
- to turn away from accepted belief or morals
- to be disjointed, disordered, incoherent, etc.
- to pass or extend in an irregular course; meander, as a river
- to move idly from one object to another: said of the eyes, a glance, the hands, etc.
Origin of wanderMiddle English wandren ; from Old English wandrian, akin to German wandern, akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to wend, wind
verbwan·dered, wan·der·ing, wan·ders
- To move about without a definite destination or purpose.
- To go by an indirect route or at no set pace; amble: We wandered toward town.
- To proceed in an irregular course; meander: The path wanders through the park.
- To behave in a manner that does not conform to morality or norms: wander from the path of righteousness.
- To turn the attention from one subject to another with little clarity or coherence of thought: I had a point to make, but my mind started wandering.
- To be directed without an object or in various directions: His eyes wandered to the balcony.
- To wander across or through: wander the forests and fields.
- To be directed around or over: Her gaze wandered the docks.
Origin of wanderMiddle English wanderen, from Old English wandrian.
(third-person singular simple present wanders, present participle wandering, simple past and past participle wandered)
- (intransitive) To move without purpose or specified destination; often in search of livelihood.
- to wander over the fields
- (intransitive) To stray; stray from one's course; err.
- A writer wanders from his subject.
- (intransitive) To commit adultery.
- (intransitive) To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.
- (intransitive) Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.
- The act or instance of wandering.
- To go for a wander
From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian (“to wander, roam, fly around, hover; change; stray, err”), from Proto-Germanic *wandrōną (“to wander”), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (“to turn, wind”), equivalent to wend + -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with Scots wander (“to wander”), German wandern (“to wander, roam, hike, migrate”), Swedish vandra (“to wander, hike”).