wayfarer

[ wey-fair-er ]
/ ˈweɪˌfɛər ər /

noun

a traveler, especially on foot.

Nearby words

  1. way to go,
  2. way-cool,
  3. way-out,
  4. waybill,
  5. waycross,
  6. wayfaring,
  7. wayfaring tree,
  8. waygoing,
  9. waygoing crop,
  10. waylaid

Origin of wayfarer

First recorded in 1400–50, wayfarer is from the late Middle English word weyfarere. See way1, fare, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for wayfarer

wayfarer

/ (ˈweɪˌfɛərə) /

noun

a person who goes on a journey
Derived Formswayfaring, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for wayfarer

wayfarer

n.

mid-15c., agent noun from way + fare (v.). Earlier was wayferer (late 14c.). The brand of sunglasses (manufactured by Ray-Ban) dates to 1952.

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