Wander meaning

wŏndər
To move about without a definite destination or purpose.
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To wander across or through.

Wander the forests and fields.

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To roam through, in, or over without plan or destination.

To wander the world.

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To go astray in mind or purpose.
  • 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.
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(intransitive) To stray; stray from one's course; err.

A writer wanders from his subject.

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(intransitive) To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.
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(intransitive) To commit adultery.
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(intransitive) Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.
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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.

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To proceed in an irregular course; meander.

The path wanders through the park.

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To behave in a manner that does not conform to morality or norms.

Wander from the path of righteousness.

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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.

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To move or go about aimlessly, without plan or fixed destination; ramble; roam.
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To go to a destination in a casual way or by an indirect route; idle; stroll.
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To pass or extend in an irregular course; meander, as a river.
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To move idly from one object to another.
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(intransitive) To move without purpose or specified destination; often in search of livelihood.

To wander over the fields.

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The act or instance of wandering.

To go for a wander.

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To go by an indirect route or at no set pace; amble.

We wandered toward town.

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To be directed without an object or in various directions.

His eyes wandered to the balcony.

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To be directed around or over.

Her gaze wandered the docks.

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The act or an instance of wandering.
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Origin of wander

  • Middle English wanderen from Old English wandrian

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

  • From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian (“to wander, roam, fly around, hover; change; stray, err"), from Proto-Germanic *wandrōnÄ… (“to wander"), from Proto-Indo-European *wendÊ°- (“to turn, wind"), equivalent to wend +"Ž -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with Scots wander (“to wander"), German wandern (“to wander, roam, hike, migrate"), Swedish vandra (“to wander, hike").

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