- a Covenanter persecuted by Charles II and James II, especially one who fled home to follow rebellious Presbyterian ministers who refused to accept episcopacy.
- to ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam, rove, or stray: to wander over the earth.
- to go aimlessly, indirectly, or casually; meander: The river wanders among the rocks.
- to extend in an irregular course or direction: Foothills wandered off to the south.
- to move, pass, or turn idly, as the hand or the eyes.
- (of the mind, thoughts, desires, etc.) to take one direction or another without conscious intent or control: His attention wandered as the speaker droned on.
- to stray from a path, place, companions, etc.: During the storm the ship wandered from its course.
- to deviate in conduct, belief, etc.; err; go astray: Let me not wander from Thy Commandments.
- to think or speak confusedly or incoherently.
- (of a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment) to move about or walk in a seemingly aimless or random manner.
- to travel about, on, or through: He wandered the streets.
- Mechanics. the drift of a gyroscope or a similar device.
Origin of wander
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Examples from the Web for wanderers
We are all pilgrims and wanderers; but it is strange that we two should meet.Passages from a Relinquished Work (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
And after all, it is a cheerless scene, and cheerless are the wanderers in it.Beneath an Umbrella (From "Twice Told Tales")
Nor was this the worst evil to which our two wanderers were exposed.
Men say that the sun, moon, and stars are planets or wanderers; but this is the reverse of the fact.Laws
It's been such an age since we wanderers have had the privilege of company at our table!The Market-Place
- (also tr) to move or travel about, in, or through (a place) without any definite purpose or destination
- to proceed in an irregular course; meander
- to go astray, as from a path or course
- (of the mind, thoughts, etc) to lose concentration or direction
- to think or speak incoherently or illogically
- the act or an instance of wandering
Word Origin and History for wanderers
Old English wandrian "move about aimlessly, wander," from West Germanic *wandrojan (cf. Old Frisian wondria, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wanderen, German wandern "to wander," a variant form of the root represented in Old High German wantalon "to walk, wander"), from root *wend- "to turn" (see wind (v.)). In reference to the mind, affections, etc., attested from c.1400. Related: Wandered; wandering. The Wandering Jew of Christian legend first mentioned 13c. (cf. French le juif errant, German der ewige Jude).