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Meaning & Definition of Wander in English

English

Wander

/wɑndər/

verb

1. Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

  • "The gypsies roamed the woods"
  • "Roving vagabonds"
  • "The wandering jew"
  • "The cattle roam across the prairie"
  • "The laborers drift from one town to the next"
  • "They rolled from town to town"
    synonym:
  • roll
  • ,
  • wander
  • ,
  • swan
  • ,
  • stray
  • ,
  • tramp
  • ,
  • roam
  • ,
  • cast
  • ,
  • ramble
  • ,
  • rove
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • drift
  • ,
  • vagabond

2. Be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

  • "She cheats on her husband"
  • "Might her husband be wandering?"
    synonym:
  • cheat on
  • ,
  • cheat
  • ,
  • cuckold
  • ,
  • betray
  • ,
  • wander

3. Go via an indirect route or at no set pace

  • "After dinner, we wandered into town"
    synonym:
  • wander

4. To move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

  • "The river winds through the hills"
  • "The path meanders through the vineyards"
  • "Sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
    synonym:
  • weave
  • ,
  • wind
  • ,
  • thread
  • ,
  • meander
  • ,
  • wander

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

  • "She always digresses when telling a story"
  • "Her mind wanders"
  • "Don't digress when you give a lecture"
    synonym:
  • digress
  • ,
  • stray
  • ,
  • divagate
  • ,
  • wander

Examples of using

If you could only see the twisted fantasies that wander about in my head...