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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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  • An hour later they came out of the woods together and started for the house, old Frank strolling along pleasantly behind them.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • For all they knew they might in the darkness have been strolling into a town.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • A smiling man, strolling and breathing the air with satisfaction, would turn a corner and smile no more, but hurry.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • All were strolling as leisurely and jauntily as only true plutocrats can afford to do.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • strolling about the grounds one afternoon with her little ones, she saw her father coming towards her.

    Elsie's Widowhood Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for strolling


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 strolling



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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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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