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verb (used without object)
  1. to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk: to stroll along the beach.
  2. to wander or rove from place to place; roam: strolling troubadours.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to saunter along or through: to stroll the countryside.
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  1. a leisurely walk; ramble; saunter: a short stroll before supper.
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Origin of stroll

First recorded in 1595–1605; of uncertain origin

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Related Words for strolling

sashay, traipse, ramble, cruise, drift, saunter, mosey, tramp, roam, mope, amble, wander, promenade, toddle, gallivant, rove, linger

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Contemporary Examples of strolling

Historical Examples of strolling

  • Lorenzi and the Marchesa were strolling in the dusk across the greensward.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • He went by Fulham and Putney, for the pleasure of strolling over the heath.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "Tell me some of them," said Vernon, strolling along by her side.

  • I had bathed and breakfasted, and was strolling on the bright quays.

  • Strolling along the sands one day, he observed a stranded cuttlefish.


    Samuel Smiles

British Dictionary definitions for strolling


  1. to walk about in a leisurely manner
  2. (intr) to wander from place to place
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  1. a leisurely walk
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Word Origin for stroll

C17: probably from dialect German strollen, of obscure origin; compare German Strolch tramp
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Word Origin and History for strolling



c.1600, a cant word introduced from the Continent, probably from dialectal German strollen, variant of German strolchen "to stroll, loaf," from strolch "vagabond, vagrant," also "fortuneteller," perhaps from Italian astrologo "astrologer." Related: Strolled; strolling. The noun is 1814, from the verb.

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