[ mawn-der ]
See synonyms for: maundermaundering on

verb (used without object)
  1. to talk in a rambling, foolish, or meaningless way.

  2. to move, go, or act in an aimless, confused manner: He maundered through life without a single ambition.

Origin of maunder

First recorded in 1615–25; origin uncertain

Other words from maunder

  • maun·der·er, noun

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How to use maunder in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for maunder


/ (ˈmɔːndə) /

  1. (intr) to move, talk, or act aimlessly or idly

Origin of maunder

C17: perhaps from obsolete maunder to beg, from Latin mendīcāre; see mendicant

Derived forms of maunder

  • maunderer, noun
  • maundering, adjective

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