verb (used without object)
- saundby's test,
Origin of saunter
Examples from the Web for saunter
How often do you look up at the facades looming overhead as you saunter down the street?The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork|Chloë Ashby|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are spared, thankfully, the standard liberal talisman of his saunter across the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.
So instead of marching into Starbucks for a morning cup of brew, saunter in for a big bowl of bud.
I saw how hatefully the back wash seemed to saunter back to the fall along the banks.Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger|John Masefield
I should not like to ask an indulgent and idle public to saunter about with me under a misapprehension.Saunterings|Charles Dudley Warner
Billies eyes filled with indignant tears as she began slowly to saunter back to the old house.The Motor Maids' School Days|Katherine Stokes
It has quite a charm to saunter round in a strange town, and mingle all unknown in the crowd.A Flight in Spring|J. Harris Knowles
The truth is, you sat down and wrote; I used to saunter about and think what I should write.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Word Origin for saunter
late 15c., santren "to muse, be in reverie," of uncertain origin despite many absurd speculations. Meaning "walk with a leisurely gait" is from 1660s, and may be a different word. Klein suggests this sense of the word derives via Anglo-French sauntrer (mid-14c.) from French s'aventurer "to take risks," but OED finds this "unlikely." Related: Sauntered; sauntering.
"a leisurely stroll," 1828, from saunter (v.). Earlier it meant "idle occupation, diversion" (1728).