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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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Examples from the Web for maunder
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  • On this point maunder adds:—“If this be a mere chance coincidence, it seems to me a most extraordinary one.”

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • "You told me not to maunder just now," says Bingo, with ponderous sarcasm.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • It's young for him still—Hold on, Olive; I'm not going to maunder!

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • maunder has been sighing for the last ten minutes, and I know what that means.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Among the occultists who maunder today in the universal decomposition of ideas he is the only one who interests me.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • That is what his life has turned, but he will not maunder about it.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • Two very humble members of the parasitic class have given the names Bidder and maunder, both meaning beggar.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Only my father would be angry, I am sure; and my brother maunder is dreadful.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • But if it be given to a man "to maunder away his mind in softnesses," he cannot live otherwise than as nature has made him.

    An Old Man's Love Anthony Trollope
  • But what would become of my father, and my mother, and my brother maunder?

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
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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