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[strohl] /stroʊl/
verb (used without object)
to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk:
to stroll along the beach.
to wander or rove from place to place; roam:
strolling troubadours.
verb (used with object)
to saunter along or through:
to stroll the countryside.
a leisurely walk; ramble; saunter:
a short stroll before supper.
Origin of stroll
First recorded in 1595-1605; of uncertain origin
1. stray, meander. 4. promenade. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stroll
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  • Stop for us at the Laurels, about eleven, or p'r'aps I'll stroll over and get you.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Apparently without a care in the world, he continued his stroll.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • When Mr. Lorry had finished his breakfast, he went out for a stroll on the beach.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • However, out of caution, I walked round the house, as if taking a stroll.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • And to avoid the bewildering depths into which we were led, we suggested a stroll on the sands.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for stroll


to walk about in a leisurely manner
(intransitive) to wander from place to place
a leisurely walk
Word Origin
C17: probably from dialect German strollen, of obscure origin; compare German Strolch tramp
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Word Origin and History for stroll

c.1600, a cant word introduced from the Continent, probably from dialectal German strollen, variant of German strolchen "to stroll, loaf," from strolch "vagabond, vagrant," also "fortuneteller," perhaps from Italian astrologo "astrologer." Related: Strolled; strolling. The noun is 1814, from the verb.

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



An area or route favored by prostitutes for solicitation: Ms Lopez, a 38-year-old streetwalker, said she had been chased by packs of youngsters who descended at night on the stroll, where prostitutes ply their trade in the industrial park (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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