[ mawn-der ]
/ ˈmɔn dər /

verb (used without object)

to talk in a rambling, foolish, or meaningless way.
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
Related formsmaun·der·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maunder


/ (ˈmɔːndə) /


(intr) to move, talk, or act aimlessly or idly
Derived Formsmaunderer, nounmaundering, adjective

Word Origin for maunder

C17: perhaps from obsolete maunder to beg, from Latin mendīcāre; see mendicant
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Word Origin and History for maunder



"to wander about aimlessly," c.1746, earlier "to mumble, grumble" (1620s), both senses perhaps from frequentative of maund "to beg" (1560s), which is possibly from French mendier "to beg," from Latin mendicare (see mendicant). Related: Maundered; maundering.

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