[sawn-ter, sahn-]

verb (used without object)

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


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

Nearby words

  1. sauna,
  2. sauncy,
  3. saundby's test,
  4. saunders,
  5. saundra,
  6. saurashtra,
  7. saurel,
  8. saurian,
  9. saurischian,
  10. sauropod

Origin of saunter

First recorded in 1660–70; of uncertain origin

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

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British Dictionary definitions for saunter


verb (intr)

to walk in a casual manner; stroll


a leisurely pace or stroll
a leisurely old-time dance
Derived Formssaunterer, noun

Word Origin for saunter

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

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Word Origin and History for saunter
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