- to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove: to roam about the world.
- to wander over or through: to roam the countryside.
- an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.
Origin of roam
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Examples from the Web for roam
Reports this week said they were free to roam around Qatar and were not confined to house arrest.U.S. Spies Worry Qatar Will ‘Magically Lose Track’ of Released Taliban
June 5, 2014
In the script, the cheetahs drift from their owner and roam suburban Mexico unattended.The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay
October 27, 2013
Allowing a sexual predator to roam unchecked in your midst is a hell of a lot worse than screwing up a scoop.CNN Follies
April 17, 2013
The airport is in Tel Aviv and I know that POTUS “wishes he could wear a fake mustache and roam around Tel Aviv.”Welcome To Palestine: What's Your Faith?
March 20, 2013
In the wake of this news, 10 tidbits on the dogs who roam the outback.Pets or Predators? 10 Things About Australia’s Famous Dog, the Dingo
June 13, 2012
That he might be; but he was not so forlorn as to roam away and leave them together.Little Dorrit
She had always lived indoors and had never been allowed to roam the neighborhood.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Like the gypsies of old, but with vastly more territory to roam.
Us two had all creation to roam 'round in, and we landed at Eastboro Twin-Lights.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
But I think they are happiest when they are free to roam the woods where they like.
- to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander
- the act of roaming
Word Origin and History for roam
c.1300, romen, possibly from Old English *ramian "act of wandering about," which is probably related to aræman "arise, lift up." There are no certain cognate forms in other Germanic languages, but Barnhart points to Old Norse reimuðr "act of wandering about," reimast "to haunt." "Except in late puns, there is no evidence of connexion with the Romance words denoting pilgrims or pilgrimages to Rome ...." [OED], such as Spanish romero "a pilot-fish; a pilgrim;" Old French romier "travelling as a pilgrim; a pilgrim," from Medieval Latin romerius "a pilgrim" (originally to Rome). Related: Roamed; roamer; roaming.