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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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  • In summer, she loved rather to stroll over The Mountain, on Sundays.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • This was just what Lennard wanted, and so he proposed a stroll and a smoke in the Park.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Having concluded and despatched these epistles, our hero determined that he would take a stroll about the metropolis.

    The Poacher Frederick Marryat
  • They simply said, "Let us stroll in the woods;" or "Come for a walk with me," and he was rid of them.

  • We left Hanover that same evening, and arrived at Berlin in time for supper and an evening stroll.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
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.

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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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