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[mawn-der] /ˈmɔn dər/
verb (used without object)
to talk in a rambling, foolish, or meaningless way.
to move, go, or act in an aimless, confused manner:
He maundered through life without a single ambition.
Origin of maunder
1615-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
maunderer, noun Unabridged
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  • Wandering in and out of a set made of drip-painting canvases, the characters maunder on about art and their personal demons.
British Dictionary definitions for maunder


(intransitive) to move, talk, or act aimlessly or idly
Derived Forms
maunderer, noun
maundering, adjective
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from obsolete maunder to beg, from Latin mendīcāre; see mendicant
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Word Origin and History for maunder

"to wander about aimlessly," c.1746, earlier "to mumble, grumble" (1620s), both senses perhaps from frequentative of maund "to beg" (1560s), which is possibly from French mendier "to beg," from Latin mendicare (see mendicant). Related: Maundered; maundering.

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