- 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 sauntered
After an opening DJ set by his Fallon co-conspirator Questlove, Timberlake sauntered out onstage a few minutes past midnight.Justin Timberlake Closes Out SXSW in Style at Myspace Bash
March 17, 2013
Throughout the weekend, American “trial tourists” sauntered in and out of the courtroom to see Knox.Whose Bloody Footprints Were They?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 10, 2009
He turned sharply and sauntered toward the open door of the house.Way of the Lawless
As the girl entered the stable, Mortimer sauntered on in the direction Mike had gone.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Presently he sauntered out: the morning stir was just beginning in the village.Hetty's Strange History
One Spring morning we had got up early and sauntered out together.
I asked Charley one day, as we sauntered with our cigars on the terrace of the Adelphi.
- to walk in a casual manner; stroll
- a leisurely pace or stroll
- a leisurely old-time dance
Word Origin and History for sauntered
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).