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  1. a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.
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Origin of wanderlust

1850–55; < German, equivalent to wander(n) to wander + Lust desire; see lust
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Related Words

trek, driving, ride, flying, excursion, tour, transit, movement, navigation, trip, sailing, sightseeing, expedition, walk, junket, voyage, commutation, passage, seafaring, hop

Examples from the Web for wanderlust

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  • We found every place splendid in those weeks as we let the wanderlust carry us on.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Perhaps a trip like this would have satisfied his wanderlust.


    Edna Ferber

  • He fell silent and trudged on beside her, the wanderlust in his eyes.


    Jean Webster

  • She's the party with the wilful disposition and the late case of wanderlust.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • The old French Aydelot blood had something of the wanderlust in it.

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

British Dictionary definitions for wanderlust


  1. a great desire to travel and rove about
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Word Origin

German, literally: wander desire
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Word Origin and History for wanderlust


1902, from German Wanderlust, literally "desire for wandering" (see wander + lust).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wanderlust in Culture


A German word for the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.