wandering

[ won-der-ing ]
/ ˈwɒn dər ɪŋ /

adjective

moving from place to place without a fixed plan; roaming; rambling: wandering tourists.
having no permanent residence; nomadic: a wandering tribe of Indians.
meandering; winding: a wandering river; a wandering path.

noun

an aimless roving about; leisurely traveling from place to place: a period of delightful wandering through Italy.
Usually wanderings.
  1. aimless travels; meanderings: Her wanderings took her all over the world.
  2. disordered thoughts or utterances; incoherencies: mental wanderings; the wanderings of delirium.
seemingly aimless or random movement or locomotion by a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment: Wandering by Alzheimer’s patients is a problem in nursing homes.See also elopement (def. 2).

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Origin of wandering

before 1000; Middle English (noun, adj.), Old English wandrigende (adj.). See wander, -ing2, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM wandering

wan·der·ing·ly, adverbwan·der·ing·ness, nounun·wan·der·ing, adjectiveun·wan·der·ing·ly, adverb
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Medical definitions for wandering

wandering
[ wŏndər-ĭng ]

adj.

Moving about freely; not fixed; abnormally motile.
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