- to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll: sauntering through the woods.
- a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
- a leisurely gait.
Origin of saunter
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Examples from the Web for saunter
How often do you look up at the facades looming overhead as you saunter down the street?The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork
January 24, 2014
We are spared, thankfully, the standard liberal talisman of his saunter across the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.The SEALs’ Big-Screen Moment
David A. Graham
September 4, 2011
So instead of marching into Starbucks for a morning cup of brew, saunter in for a big bowl of bud.Criminalize Coffee, Not Cannabis
December 16, 2010
You stop short, and swallow hard, and saunter into camp as one indifferent.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He only nodded carelessly, and continued to saunter about as if no bull was near him.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
We'll saunter slowly up to the village, and you can follow us.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
He don't know me from Adam and I'll just saunter up and collar him.Frontier Boys in Frisco
They used to saunter, arm in arm, up and down the alleys and walks of the garden.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- to walk in a casual manner; stroll
- a leisurely pace or stroll
- a leisurely old-time dance
Word Origin and History for saunter
late 15c., santren "to muse, be in reverie," of uncertain origin despite many absurd speculations. Meaning "walk with a leisurely gait" is from 1660s, and may be a different word. Klein suggests this sense of the word derives via Anglo-French sauntrer (mid-14c.) from French s'aventurer "to take risks," but OED finds this "unlikely." Related: Sauntered; sauntering.
"a leisurely stroll," 1828, from saunter (v.). Earlier it meant "idle occupation, diversion" (1728).