Other Word Forms of Saunter
Origin of Saunter
Etymology unclear. In sense “to stroll", attested 1660s; noun sense “a stroll" attested 1828. Perhaps from earlier term meaning “to muse", late 15th century, from Middle English santren, of Unknown origin. Alternatively, from Anglo-Norman sauntrer (mid 14th century), from French s'aventurer (“to take risks"), but this is considered unlikely; compare Middle English aunter (“adventure"). May be of Germanic origin, with proposed cognates being German schlendern, Danish slentre, Swedish slentra, Icelandic slentr, all meaning “to stroll“. Various fanciful folk etymologies also given.
Probably from Middle English santren to muse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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