verb (used without object), cruised, cruising.
to sail about on a pleasure trip.
to sail about, as a warship patrolling a body of water.
to travel about without a particular purpose or destination.
to fly, drive, or sail at a constant speed that permits maximum operating efficiency for sustained travel.
to travel at a moderately fast, easily controllable speed: cruising along the highway enjoying the scenery.
to travel about slowly, looking for customers or for something demanding attention: Taxis and police cars cruise in the downtown area.
to go or travel (often followed by over ): Let's cruise over to my house after the concert.
Informal. to go about on the streets or in public areas in search of a sexual partner.
verb (used with object), cruised, cruising.
to cruise in (a specified area): patrol cars cruising the neighborhood; to cruise the Caribbean.
to move slowly through or visit (a street, park, bar, etc.) in search of a sexual partner.
to make sexual overtures to; attempt to arouse the sexual interest of.
to inspect (a tract of forest) for the purpose of estimating lumber potential.
the act of cruising.
a pleasure voyage on a ship, usually with stops at various ports.

1645–55; < Dutch kruisen to cross, cruise, derivative of kruis cross

cruisingly, adverb Unabridged


Tom (Thomas Cruise Mapother, 4th) born 1962, U.S. film actor. Unabridged
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cruise (kruːz)
1.  (intr) to make a trip by sea in a liner for pleasure, usually calling at a number of ports
2.  to sail or travel over (a body of water) for pleasure in a yacht, cruiser, etc
3.  (intr) to search for enemy vessels in a warship
4.  (intr) (of a vehicle, aircraft, or vessel) to travel at a moderate and efficient speed
5.  informal (intr) to search the streets or other public places for a sexual partner
6.  an act or instance of cruising, esp a trip by sea
[C17: from Dutch kruisen to cross, from cruiscross; related to French croiser to cross, cruise, Spanish cruzar, German kreuzen]

Cruise (kruːz)
Tom. original name Thomas Cruise Mapother. born 1962, US film actor; his films include Risky Business (1983), Top Gun (1986), Jerry Maguire (1989), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), and War of the Worlds (2005)

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Du. kruisen "to cross, sail to and fro," from kruis "cross," from L. crux.
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Slang Dictionary

cruise definition

  1. in.
    to travel at top speed. : This old caddy can really cruise.
  2. in.
    to drive around looking for friends or social activity. : We went out cruising but didn't see anybody.
  3. tv.
    to pursue a member of the opposite sex. : Tom was cruising Tiffany, but she got rid of him.
  4. in.
    to move on; to leave. : Time to cruise. Monty Python's on in ten minutes.
  5. in.
    to move through life at a comfortable pace. : I'm cruising just the way I want now.
  6. tv.
    to pass a course easily. : I'm gonna cruise that math course.
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