[sawn-ter, sahn-]
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

saunterer, noun

1–3. amble, ramble, meander. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
saunter (ˈsɔːntə)
1.  to walk in a casual manner; stroll
2.  a leisurely pace or stroll
3.  a leisurely old-time dance
[C17 (meaning: to wander aimlessly), C15 (to muse): of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., santren "to muse, be in reverie," of uncertain origin. Meaning "walk with a leisurely gait" is from 1660s, and may be a different word entirely. Some suggest this word derives via Anglo-Fr. sauntrer (mid-14c.) from Fr. s'aventurer "to take risks," but OED finds this "unlikely." The noun meaning
"a leisurely stroll" is recorded from 1828. Related: Sauntered.
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Example sentences
If the third is asked by the one she knows, to join them, the sauntering friend is overtaken and an introduction always made.
In the daily sauntering along the streets of this island my soul is finally at peace.
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