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Meaning of wander by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • Rhymes: -ɒndə( r )


    wander ( third-person singular simple present wanders present participle wandering, simple past and past participle wandered )

    1. ( intransitive ) To move without purpose; often in search of livelihood .
    2. ( intransitive ) To stray; stray from one's course; err .
    3. ( intransitive ) To commit adultery .
    4. ( intransitive ) To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path .
    5. ( intransitive ) Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention .


    Derived terms


    wander ( plural: wanders )

    1. The act or instance of wandering .
      To go for a wander


Explanation of wander by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

    2. her mind wanders
    3. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    4. the wandering Jew
    5. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

    6. sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body
    7. go via an indirect route or at no set pace

    8. After dinner, we wandered into town
    9. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

    10. Might her husband be wandering?

    Definition of wander by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Wander, v. t. To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through. [R.] “[Elijah] wandered this barren waste.” Milton.