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.

Origin of stroll

First recorded in 1595–1605; of uncertain origin

Synonyms for stroll Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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



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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