peripatetic

[ per-uh-puh-tet-ik ]
/ ˌpɛr ə pəˈtɛt ɪk /

adjective

walking or traveling about; itinerant.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.

noun

a person who walks or travels about.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Aristotelian school.

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Origin of peripatetic

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin peripatēticus < Greek peripatētikós of Aristotle and his school, literally, walking about, equivalent to peripatē- (verbid stem of peripateîn to walk about, equivalent to peri- peri- + pateîn to walk; akin to path) + -tikos -tic

OTHER WORDS FROM peripatetic

per·i·pa·tet·i·cal·ly, adverbper·i·pa·tet·i·cism [per-uh-puh-tet-uh-siz-uhm] /ˌpɛr ə pəˈtɛt əˌsɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for peripatetic (1 of 2)

peripatetic
/ (ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk) /

adjective

itinerant
British employed in two or more educational establishments and travelling from one to anothera peripatetic football coach

noun

a peripatetic person

Derived forms of peripatetic

peripatetically, adverb

Word Origin for peripatetic

C16: from Latin peripatēticus, from Greek peripatētikos, from peripatein to pace to and fro

British Dictionary definitions for peripatetic (2 of 2)

Peripatetic
/ (ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the teachings of Aristotle, who used to teach philosophy while walking about the Lyceum in ancient Athens

noun

a student of Aristotelianism
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