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[rohm] /roʊm/
verb (used without object)
to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove:
to roam about the world.
verb (used with object)
to wander over or through:
to roam the countryside.
an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.
Origin of roam
1300-50; Middle English romen < ?
Related forms
roamer, noun
unroaming, adjective
1. stray, stroll, prowl. Roam, ramble, range, rove imply wandering about over (usually) a considerable amount of territory. Roam implies a wandering or traveling over a large area, especially as prompted by restlessness or curiosity: to roam through a forest. Ramble implies pleasant, carefree moving about, walking with no specific purpose and for a limited distance: to ramble through fields near home. Range usually implies wandering over a more or less defined but extensive area in search of something: Cattle range over the plains. Rove sometimes implies wandering with specific incentive or aim, as an animal for prey: Bandits rove through these mountains. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for roamer
Historical Examples
  • At the same moment something pushed the roamer forward and down, down, down.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • You seldom find a fisherman but who has been more or less of a roamer and adventurer.

  • The adventurous, dare-devil spirit of the roamer, the incarnate gipsy, always looked out of his insolent eyes.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • I have been quite a roamer in strange places, and at first had a fancy for a life of adventure.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He was a natural hunter, roamer, woodsman; as unworldly as a child, and as simple and transparent.

    John James Audubon John Burroughs
  • He thought he could see smoke over central Manhattan and swung the roamer in that direction.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • It was a horse, he knew, but whether it was a roamer of the range or a beast bearing a rider, he could not tell.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • Munn made a slight gesture to roamer, who rose and went to the door, and opened it.

  • Let skunk or fox, or other roamer through the grass, creep ever so stealthily, he will be seen and avoided by flight.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
British Dictionary definitions for roamer


to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander
the act of roaming
Derived Forms
roamer, noun
Word Origin
C13: origin unknown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for roamer



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for roamer



To use a cellular phone outside of one's own service area: Hi honey. I'm roaming in San Francisco (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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