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saunter

[sawn-ter, sahn-] /ˈsɔn tər, ˈsɑn-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll:
sauntering through the woods.
noun
2.
a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
3.
a leisurely gait.
Origin of saunter
1660-1670
1660-70; of uncertain origin
Related forms
saunterer, noun
Synonyms
1–3. amble, ramble, meander.
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  • And while you pay your visit, I will saunter by a little brook that I think must run by your way.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We'll saunter slowly up to the village, and you can follow us.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • I made my way to the Grand Terrace, since it was agreed that we should saunter in the gardens when the dispute had been decided.

    The Lifted Veil George Eliot
  • When he is being played, many of us have to rush away and saunter in the foyer.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • I stepped out, and walked on before, thankful for the incident, which had given me the opportunity of a saunter along the road.

  • He used to saunter out and casually kill a man before breakfast.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
  • And the boys, taking a couple of blankets in which to carry the browse, saunter away to the flat below.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
British Dictionary definitions for saunter

saunter

/ˈsɔːntə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to walk in a casual manner; stroll
noun
2.
a leisurely pace or stroll
3.
a leisurely old-time dance
Derived Forms
saunterer, noun
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: to wander aimlessly), C15 (to muse): of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for saunter
v.

late 15c., santren "to muse, be in reverie," of uncertain origin despite many absurd speculations. Meaning "walk with a leisurely gait" is from 1660s, and may be a different word. Klein suggests this sense of the word derives via Anglo-French sauntrer (mid-14c.) from French s'aventurer "to take risks," but OED finds this "unlikely." Related: Sauntered; sauntering.

n.

"a leisurely stroll," 1828, from saunter (v.). Earlier it meant "idle occupation, diversion" (1728).

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