- Rhymes: -ɒndə( r )
- ( intransitive ) To move without purpose; often in search of livelihood .
- ( intransitive ) To stray; stray from one's course; err .
- ( 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 .
- wander off
From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian ( “to wander, roam, fly around, hover; change; stray, err” ), from Proto-Germanic *wandrōnan ( “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, migrate” ), Swedish vandra ( “to wander, hike” ) .
Explanation of wander by Wordnet Dictionary
- her mind wanders
- the wandering Jew
- Wander v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wandered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wandering.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See Wind to turn.]
1. To ramble here and there without any certain course or with no definite object in view; to range about; to stroll; to rove; as, “to wander over the fields”.
They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins. Heb. xi. 37.
He wandereth abroad for bread. Job xv. 23.
2. To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go astray; as, “a writer wanders from his subject”.
When God caused me to wander from my father's house. Gen. xx. 13.
O, let me not wander from thy commandments. Ps. cxix. 10.
3. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave; as, “the mind wanders”.
Syn. -- To roam; rove; range; stroll; gad; stray; straggly; err; swerve; deviate; depart.
- Wander, v. t. To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through. [R.] “[Elijah] wandered this barren waste.” Milton.
Definition of wander by GCIDE Dictionary