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[mawn-der] /ˈmɔn dər/
verb (used without object)
to talk in a rambling, foolish, or meaningless way.
to move, go, or act in an aimless, confused manner:
He maundered through life without a single ambition.
Origin of maunder
First recorded in 1615-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
maunderer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maunder
Historical Examples
  • Nevertheless, maunder says that this thing had no relation to auroral phenomena.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • In the Observatory, 6-192, is maunder's contemporaneous account.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • "You told me not to maunder just now," says Bingo, with ponderous sarcasm.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • maunder has been sighing for the last ten minutes, and I know what that means.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • It's young for him still—Hold on, Olive; I'm not going to maunder!

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • That is what his life has turned, but he will not maunder about it.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • He recalls maunder's childish experiments, and is greatly impressed by them.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • maunder on for hours, talking to himself or the other fellow blowing the bellows.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Only my father would be angry, I am sure; and my brother maunder is dreadful.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • But what would become of my father, and my mother, and my brother maunder?

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for maunder


(intransitive) to move, talk, or act aimlessly or idly
Derived Forms
maunderer, noun
maundering, adjective
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from obsolete maunder to beg, from Latin mendīcāre; see mendicant
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Word Origin and History for maunder

"to wander about aimlessly," c.1746, earlier "to mumble, grumble" (1620s), both senses perhaps from frequentative of maund "to beg" (1560s), which is possibly from French mendier "to beg," from Latin mendicare (see mendicant). Related: Maundered; maundering.

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