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roam

[rohm] /roʊm/
verb (used without object)
1.
to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove:
to roam about the world.
verb (used with object)
2.
to wander over or through:
to roam the countryside.
noun
3.
an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.
Origin of roam
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English romen < ?
Related forms
roamer, noun
unroaming, adjective
Synonyms
1. stray, stroll, prowl. Roam, ramble, range, rove imply wandering about over (usually) a considerable amount of territory. Roam implies a wandering or traveling over a large area, especially as prompted by restlessness or curiosity: to roam through a forest. Ramble implies pleasant, carefree moving about, walking with no specific purpose and for a limited distance: to ramble through fields near home. Range usually implies wandering over a more or less defined but extensive area in search of something: Cattle range over the plains. Rove sometimes implies wandering with specific incentive or aim, as an animal for prey: Bandits rove through these mountains.
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  • He was altogether too heavy to roam far from home upon his short legs.

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • That he might be; but he was not so forlorn as to roam away and leave them together.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • They roam the forests like wild beasts, living almost entirely upon game, in which is included man himself.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • She had always lived indoors and had never been allowed to roam the neighborhood.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Virtually they are the same; but the name of Moor is given to those who dwell in cities, of Arab to those who roam the plains.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
British Dictionary definitions for roam

roam

/rəʊm/
verb
1.
to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander
noun
2.
the act of roaming
Derived Forms
roamer, noun
Word Origin
C13: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for roam
v.

c.1300, romen, possibly from Old English *ramian "act of wandering about," which is probably related to aræman "arise, lift up." There are no certain cognate forms in other Germanic languages, but Barnhart points to Old Norse reimuðr "act of wandering about," reimast "to haunt." "Except in late puns, there is no evidence of connexion with the Romance words denoting pilgrims or pilgrimages to Rome ...." [OED], such as Spanish romero "a pilot-fish; a pilgrim;" Old French romier "travelling as a pilgrim; a pilgrim," from Medieval Latin romerius "a pilgrim" (originally to Rome). Related: Roamed; roamer; roaming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for roam

roam

verb

To use a cellular phone outside of one's own service area: Hi honey. I'm roaming in San Francisco (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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