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[won-der-luhst] /ˈwɒn dərˌlʌst/
a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.
Origin of wanderlust
1850-55; < German, equivalent to wander(n) to wander + Lust desire; see lust Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wanderlust
  • She undertook this globetrotting adventure for two reasons: to feed her wanderlust and to ponder her own final resting place.
  • Perhaps they set out in search of food, or maybe it was simply wanderlust.
  • Few other experiences will sate your wanderlust better.
  • Sapiens have succeeded to this point by being cunning and having a strong wanderlust gene.
  • Some companies offer telecommuting and sabbaticals to satisfy the wanderlust of the worker bee.
  • Impulsiveness lies alongside wanderlust in a spot close to his heart.
  • Although travellers may cut trips short, wanderlust will prove immune to patchy economic conditions.
  • National parks are playgrounds not only for our adventurous spirits and wanderlust feet, but for our imaginations as well.
  • Immature turtles are establishing their own home ranges--wanderlust, in other words.
  • Opossums seem to have the wanderlust and many are killed on the highways as they prowl around at night.
British Dictionary definitions for wanderlust


a great desire to travel and rove about
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wanderlust in Culture

wanderlust definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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