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[sawn-ter, sahn-] /ˈsɔn tər, ˈsɑn-/
verb (used without object)
to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll:
sauntering through the woods.
a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
a leisurely gait.
Origin of saunter
First recorded in 1660-70; of uncertain origin
Related forms
saunterer, noun
1–3. amble, ramble, meander. Unabridged
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  • sauntering along, as if in a dream, imagine my delight when I saw coming towards me my beautiful and beloved Sylvia.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
  • Theo Desmond sauntering in, scanned every detail with fastidious distaste.

  • It was ridiculous to be sauntering along the street hatless.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • The girl was sauntering about, swinging a walking-cane carelessly.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • May was sauntering along swinging her parasol, which she had not opened, as our whole way had lain in the shade.

    The House Opposite Elizabeth Kent
  • In fact, Miss Lucy and Hoffland were sauntering in from the garden in high glee.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • So Challis thought to himself as he lit another cigar, sauntering among the cut yew-hedges of a side-garden.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for sauntering


verb (intransitive)
to walk in a casual manner; stroll
a leisurely pace or stroll
a leisurely old-time dance
Derived Forms
saunterer, noun
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: to wander aimlessly), C15 (to muse): of obscure origin
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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).



"a leisurely stroll," 1828, from saunter (v.). Earlier it meant "idle occupation, diversion" (1728).

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