- 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 sauntering
But yes, I pictured a James Bond-type just sauntering over to her.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Just picture Princess Leia sauntering through the galaxy in one of his technology-inspired designs.Gareth Pugh's Sci-Fi Galaxy
September 25, 2013
Various Smith faculty members served as extras, sauntering out of the house and dispersing across the lawn.Liz Taylor's Secret Life
William J. Mann
October 19, 2009
They had left the table by now, and were sauntering together on the terrace.The Snare
Sauntering dreamily, she moved away from the ancient derelict.
A young Mexican, tired of his work, was sauntering one day on the seashore.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
But already there is a feeling of sauntering in like an old hand at the game.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
She was sure Hester must be dreadfully tired with sauntering about so long.Deerbrook
- to walk in a casual manner; stroll
- a leisurely pace or stroll
- a leisurely old-time dance
Word Origin and History for sauntering
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).