a traveler, especially on foot.

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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Contemporary Examples of wayfarer

  • Oh how often have knowledge and keen wits and understandings/ Been as deadly as brigands or ghouls to the wayfarer.

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    August 29, 2011

Historical Examples of wayfarer

British Dictionary definitions for wayfarer



a person who goes on a journey
Derived Formswayfaring, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for wayfarer

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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