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adjective, noun
  1. traveling, especially on foot.
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Origin of wayfaring

First recorded in 1530–40; way1 + fare + -ing1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for wayfaring

itinerant, vagrant, peripatetic, gadabout, vagabond, wandering, roving, walking, drifting, nomadic, rambling, itinerate, voyaging

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.).

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