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[krooz] /kruz/
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.
  1. to move slowly through or visit (a street, park, bar, etc.) in search of a sexual partner.
  2. 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.
Origin of cruise
1645-55; < Dutch kruisen to cross, cruise, derivative of kruis cross
Related forms
cruisingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cruising
  • He is certainly not cruising on a trade route, or his presence would long ere this have been reported-Times.
  • cruising the post trying to find it, my feeling is that idiocy probably belongs in the same bag.
  • The fish is perfectly adapted for cruising the nearly opaque waters.
  • Today, she is fully refitted and restored for cruising.
  • Ordinarily, the air intake to an engine is partially closed during cruising, and this makes the engine work harder.
  • The great advantage is that diesel is best for cruising while hybrid excels in city stop and go.
  • It is capable of cruising indefinitely as speeds well in excess of any posted limits.
  • The energy stored in the flywheel can be used to bring the cyclist back up to cruising speed.
  • No photographer today would bother cruising the bush with trained leopards to fake a sunset shot.
  • The nobodies rounded up when the police departments conduct stings on cruising areas.
British Dictionary definitions for cruising


(intransitive) to make a trip by sea in a liner for pleasure, usually calling at a number of ports
to sail or travel over (a body of water) for pleasure in a yacht, cruiser, etc
(intransitive) to search for enemy vessels in a warship
(intransitive) (of a vehicle, aircraft, or vessel) to travel at a moderate and efficient speed
(intransitive) (informal) to search the streets or other public places for a sexual partner
an act or instance of cruising, esp a trip by sea
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch kruisen to cross, from cruiscross; related to French croiser to cross, cruise, Spanish cruzar, German kreuzen


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), War of the Worlds (2005), andValkyrie (2008)
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Word Origin and History for cruising



1650s, from Dutch kruisen "to cross, sail to and fro," from kruis "cross," from Latin crux; cf. the sense evolution in cognate cross (v.). Related: Cruised; cruising. As a noun from 1706.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cruising


  1. To drive slowly and watchfully in the streets, walk about vigilantly in bars and parties, etc, looking for a sex partner •Streetwalkers were called cruisers by about 1900: He started cruising the singles bars (1903+)
  2. To make a sexual approach: I dated girls but at the same time was still cruising guys/ But what happens if, after cruising chicks you find yourself with a more cerebral companion? (1940s+)
  3. To be smoothly going about one's business: He was still ''cruising nice and mellow'' from an acid trip two nights before (1960s+)
Related Terms

let's boogie, shakedown cruise

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