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[won-der-luhst] /ˈwɒn dərˌlʌst/
a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.
Origin of wanderlust
1850-55; < German, equivalent to wander(n) to wander + Lust desire; see lust Unabridged
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  • The family, luckily for those of us who have the wanderlust, is four fifths masculine.

    Tenting To-night Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • We found every place splendid in those weeks as we let the wanderlust carry us on.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The old French Aydelot blood had something of the wanderlust in it.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • He fell silent and trudged on beside her, the wanderlust in his eyes.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • A wanderlust that came half from himself and half from his books led his feet along a narrow, leafy trail into the forest depths.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
British Dictionary definitions for wanderlust


a great desire to travel and rove about
Word Origin
German, literally: wander desire
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Word Origin and History for wanderlust

1902, from German Wanderlust, literally "desire for wandering" (see wander + lust).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wanderlust in Culture

wanderlust definition

A German word for the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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