[ strohl ]
/ stroʊl /

verb (used without object)

to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk: to stroll along the beach.
to wander or rove from place to place; roam: strolling troubadours.

verb (used with object)

to saunter along or through: to stroll the countryside.


a leisurely walk; ramble; saunter: a short stroll before supper.

Nearby words

  1. stroke hole,
  2. stroke oar,
  3. stroke play,
  4. stroke volume,
  5. stroke work index,
  6. stroller,
  7. stroma,
  8. stromateid,
  9. stromateoid,
  10. stromatic

Origin of stroll

First recorded in 1595–1605; of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strolling


/ (strəʊl) /


to walk about in a leisurely manner
(intr) to wander from place to place


a leisurely walk

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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