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[sawn-ter, sahn-] /ˈsɔn tər, ˈsɑn-/
verb (used without object)
to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll:
sauntering through the woods.
a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
a leisurely gait.
1660-70; of uncertain origin
Related forms
saunterer, noun
1–3. amble, ramble, meander. Unabridged
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  • Then he sauntered off the stage and ate one of his grandma's cookies.
  • He sauntered back into the hotel late that night and proudly showed the hotel staff his award.
  • Somehow that game-changing tidbit was lost on us until a veteran of the game sauntered by and pointed it out.
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  • The brick thrower then looked at us as though he didn't care whether we'd seen it or not, then turned and sauntered away.
  • He flashed a toothless smile and sauntered on through the mud.
  • Partyers sauntered down sidewalks and joined lines of people waiting to get into nightclubs.
  • Before the shopper sauntered off, she had selected three cans for her cart.
  • He sauntered up into the billiard-room knowing that his friend would be there, and there he found.
British Dictionary definitions for sauntered


verb (intransitive)
to walk in a casual manner; stroll
a leisurely pace or stroll
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 sauntered



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.


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

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