adjective, noun

traveling, especially on foot.

Origin of wayfaring

First recorded in 1530–40; way1 + fare + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for wayfaring

Historical Examples of wayfaring

  • Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • A wayfaring man means one who is on the way, one who lives on the way.


    J. W. Byers

  • So clear-cut is it that any wayfaring man, though a fool, cannot mistake it.

  • Hast thou peace and provender for a wayfaring knight and horse?

    The Red Tavern

    Charles Raymond Macauley

  • A favourite halting-place is this for wayfaring folk of all sorts.

Word Origin and History for wayfaring

Old English wegfarende; see way + fare (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper