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[strohl] /stroʊl/
verb (used without object)
to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk:
to stroll along the beach.
to wander or rove from place to place; roam:
strolling troubadours.
verb (used with object)
to saunter along or through:
to stroll the countryside.
a leisurely walk; ramble; saunter:
a short stroll before supper.
1595-1605; of uncertain origin
1. stray, meander. 4. promenade. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for strolling
  • Dress boots could be fine, unless you will be strolling around the entire campus outdoors.
  • strolling through an equatorial rain forest or a northern pine forest can be thrilling enough, if only for the lavish scenery.
  • After strolling through the garden, you can place an order on the spot or pick up a catalog.
  • strolling through one is almost as calming as meditation.
  • Before you visit its museums and monuments, take a day for strolling the streets and enjoying the town's pace, people and pets.
  • People are out at night dining, strolling or attending the opera or symphony.
  • Walking through the gardens is comparable to strolling through a lush rain forest with its many tropical plants and waterfalls.
  • The resort is located on a beach that provides opportunities for whale watching, strolling and clam digging.
  • And don't forget the strolling apple character and candied apples.
  • The outlets have ample free parking, a food court and a walkway for outside strolling and window shopping.
British Dictionary definitions for strolling


to walk about in a leisurely manner
(intransitive) to wander from place to place
a leisurely walk
Word Origin
C17: probably from dialect German strollen, of obscure origin; compare German Strolch tramp
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Word Origin and History for strolling



c.1600, a cant word introduced from the Continent, probably from dialectal German strollen, variant of German strolchen "to stroll, loaf," from strolch "vagabond, vagrant," also "fortuneteller," perhaps from Italian astrologo "astrologer." Related: Strolled; strolling. The noun is 1814, from the verb.

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Slang definitions & phrases for strolling



An area or route favored by prostitutes for solicitation: Ms Lopez, a 38-year-old streetwalker, said she had been chased by packs of youngsters who descended at night on the stroll, where prostitutes ply their trade in the industrial park (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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