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wander

[ won-der ]
/ ˈwɒn dər /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to travel about, on, or through: He wandered the streets.

noun

Mechanics. the drift of a gyroscope or a similar device.

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Origin of wander

before 900; Middle English wandren,Old English wandrian (cognate with German wandern), frequentative of wendan to wend; see -er6

OTHER WORDS FROM wander

wan·der·er, nounoutwander, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for wander

wander
/ (ˈwɒndə) /

verb (mainly intr)

(also tr) to move or travel about, in, or through (a place) without any definite purpose or destination
to proceed in an irregular course; meander
to go astray, as from a path or course
(of the mind, thoughts, etc) to lose concentration or direction
to think or speak incoherently or illogically

noun

the act or an instance of wandering

Derived forms of wander

wanderer, nounwandering, adjective, nounwanderingly, adverb

Word Origin for wander

Old English wandrian; related to Old Frisian wandria, Middle Dutch, Middle High German wanderen
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