[ sawn-ter, sahn- ]
/ ˈsɔn tər, ˈsɑn- /

verb (used without object)

to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll: sauntering through the woods.


a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
a leisurely gait.

Origin of saunter

First recorded in 1660–70; of uncertain origin

Related forms

saun·ter·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saunter


/ (ˈsɔːntə) /

verb (intr)

to walk in a casual manner; stroll


a leisurely pace or stroll
a leisurely old-time dance

Derived Forms

saunterer, noun

Word Origin for saunter

C17 (meaning: to wander aimlessly), C15 (to muse): of obscure origin
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