- to ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam, rove, or stray: to wander over the earth.
- to go aimlessly, indirectly, or casually; meander: The river wanders among the rocks.
- to extend in an irregular course or direction: Foothills wandered off to the south.
- to move, pass, or turn idly, as the hand or the eyes.
- (of the mind, thoughts, desires, etc.) to take one direction or another without conscious intent or control: His attention wandered as the speaker droned on.
- to stray from a path, place, companions, etc.: During the storm the ship wandered from its course.
- to deviate in conduct, belief, etc.; err; go astray: Let me not wander from Thy Commandments.
- to think or speak confusedly or incoherently.
- (of a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment) to move about or walk in a seemingly aimless or random manner.
- to travel about, on, or through: He wandered the streets.
- Mechanics. the drift of a gyroscope or a similar device.
Origin of wander
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Examples from the Web for wandered
They initially saw no traffic at all as they came to Canfield Drive, and they wandered into the middle of the street.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
The words that changed everything came after his wife had wandered off to photograph a collapsed building.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
They had wandered up and down, unable to deliver themselves of their parcel.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
I wandered around aimlessly for a while, then gave the goose to an acquiescent hippy on a barge.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
He wandered into Fountain City, a suburb of Knoxville, where he fended for himself.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
"You have wandered long in the wilderness," continued the minister.
Austin, with a smile on his lips, wandered out into the sunshine in search of Viviette.Viviette
William J. Locke
With his bag in hand, he wandered through the streets, uncertain what to do or where to go.Life in London
At length as they wandered they came to a part where seemed to be only small houses and mews.Weighed and Wanting
Then she drew a long breath, put out her candle, and wandered to the door.Meadow Grass
- (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
- the act or an instance of wandering
Word Origin and History for wandered
Old English wandrian "move about aimlessly, wander," from West Germanic *wandrojan (cf. Old Frisian wondria, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wanderen, German wandern "to wander," a variant form of the root represented in Old High German wantalon "to walk, wander"), from root *wend- "to turn" (see wind (v.)). In reference to the mind, affections, etc., attested from c.1400. Related: Wandered; wandering. The Wandering Jew of Christian legend first mentioned 13c. (cf. French le juif errant, German der ewige Jude).