- to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove: to roam about the world.
- to wander over or through: to roam the countryside.
- an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.
Origin of roam
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Related Wordswandering, roving, meandering, ambulatory, discursive, itinerant, migratory, nomadic, peripatetic, prodigal, vagrant, vagarious
Examples from the Web for roaming
You must be one of the most obnoxious creatures, male or female, roaming the planet.It’s Time to Stop Hating Katherine Heigl
November 17, 2014
Infants and young toddlers are placed in cribs to keep them from roaming; is placing a child in a tent not similar?Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?
August 4, 2014
By nightfall, ISIS patrols were roaming house to house within Tikrit to capture and execute men identified as targets.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
Both of them reportedly said, “These criminals should be locked up, not roaming our streets.”Inside The Center For Immigration Studies, The Immigration False-Fact Think Tank
May 15, 2014
Every day this month, he has unveiled a new work around the city—a series of murals, videos, and two roaming trucks.Banksy’s Biggest Trick Yet: Selling His Art on the Street for $60
October 14, 2013
He spoke exactly as if he had been a collector who had been roaming the world for curios.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
They might have been roaming the world in all directions, without my seeing one of them.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Tell me, where were you roaming with the bundle last night, eh?A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
He had been roaming the streets ever since—that was a whole day and another night, you know.Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic
Olive Thorne Miller
Their horses were roaming at will and the still form of Aunt Mercy was at their feet.The Golden Woman
- to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander
- the act of roaming
Word Origin and History for roaming
c.1300, romen, possibly from Old English *ramian "act of wandering about," which is probably related to aræman "arise, lift up." There are no certain cognate forms in other Germanic languages, but Barnhart points to Old Norse reimuðr "act of wandering about," reimast "to haunt." "Except in late puns, there is no evidence of connexion with the Romance words denoting pilgrims or pilgrimages to Rome ...." [OED], such as Spanish romero "a pilot-fish; a pilgrim;" Old French romier "travelling as a pilgrim; a pilgrim," from Medieval Latin romerius "a pilgrim" (originally to Rome). Related: Roamed; roamer; roaming.