Roam Definition

roamed, roaming, roams
roamed, roaming, roams
To travel from place to place, esp. with no special plan or purpose; go aimlessly; wander.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To move or pass over the body.
His hands roamed over her body.
American Heritage
To wander over or through.
To roam the streets.
Webster's New World
To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner.
Her eyes roamed around the room.
American Heritage
The act of roaming; ramble.
Webster's New World

Origin of Roam

  • From Middle English romen, from Old English *rāmian, from Proto-Germanic *raimōnan (“to wander"), from *raim- (“to move, raise"), from Proto-Indo-European *rÄ«-, *reyw-, *(o)reyǝ- (“to move, lift, flow"). Akin to Old English ārÇ£man "to arise, stand up, lift up", Old High German rāmÄ“n (“to aim") (> archaic German rahmen (“to strive")), Middle Dutch rammen "to night-wander, copulate", rammelen "to wander about, ramble". More at ramble

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English romen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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