- aimless travels; meanderings: Her wanderings took her all over the world.
- disordered thoughts or utterances; incoherencies: mental wanderings; the wanderings of delirium.
Origin of wandering
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wander
Synonyms for wander
Related Words for wanderingwinding, roving, itinerant, nomadic, meandering, wayfaring, roaming, jaunting, strolling, trekking, mobile, drifting, straying, rambling, unsettled, deviating, vagrant, migrant, vagabond, migratory
Examples from the Web for wandering
Contemporary Examples of wandering
Mr. Bachner found it by wandering through the market and identified a craftsmen here who works in a tiny booth.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
And, in a gratuitous show of homicidal prowess, Moses kills two assassins he meets while wandering in the desert of Sinai.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
After wandering at haphazard some little way I met a peasant in a sleigh.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
He showed signs of a restless, wandering soul, someone searching for meaning around him.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
While wandering the grounds, I keep an eye out for suspicious lumps in the dirt.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of wandering
He had been wandering about a long time—not in years, for he was less than thirty.
For perhaps an hour Joe Drummond had been wandering up and down the Street.
She felt as if she had been wandering, and had come home to the arms that were about her.
"Yes; that is—very much," I stammered, wandering back to Helen's desk.The Bacillus of Beauty
What was the use of wandering about the house in this disconsolate manner?The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for wander
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).