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).

Nearby words

  1. wand reader,
  2. wanda,
  3. wander,
  4. wander plug,
  5. wanderer,
  6. wandering abscess,
  7. wandering albatross,
  8. wandering cell,
  9. wandering goiter,
  10. wandering jew

Origin of wandering

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

Related formswan·der·ing·ly, adverbwan·der·ing·ness, nounun·wan·der·ing, adjectiveun·wan·der·ing·ly, adverb

wander

[ won-der ]
/ ˈwɒn dər /

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.

Origin of wander

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

Related formswan·der·er, nounout·wan·der, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for wandering

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 Formswanderer, 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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Word Origin and History for wandering

wander

v.

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).

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Medicine definitions for wandering

wandering

[ wŏndər-ĭng ]

adj.

Moving about freely; not fixed; abnormally motile.

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