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[wey-fair-er] /ˈweɪˌfɛər ər/
a traveler, especially on foot.
Origin of wayfarer
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English weyfarere. See way1, fare, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wayfarer
Contemporary Examples
  • Oh how often have knowledge and keen wits and understandings/ Been as deadly as brigands or ghouls to the wayfarer.

    Imperial Locavores Ian Klaus August 28, 2011
Historical Examples
  • The wayfarer opened his mouth and closed it suddenly on a half-spoken and indignant refusal of this honor.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Kirkwood conceived a wholly senseless curiosity about the other wayfarer.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It looked a wayfarer, like its patrons the river-drivers, with whom it was most popular.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • The wayfarer, Perceiving the pathway to truth, Was struck with astonishment.

    War is Kind Stephen Crane
  • Here it is but the lodging of a wayfarer turning aside to tarry for the brief night of earth.

    The Words of Jesus John R. Macduff
  • Now don't you wish; Madam, you had had compassion on the wayfarer?

  • "Everything," said she, "belongs to the wayfarer," and she crossed into the field and milked the cow into a vessel which she had.

    The Crock of Gold James Stephens
  • At last, to our wayfarer's unspeakable joy, deliverance came.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • Youth, with the passionate voice of Maurice de Guerin, cries eternally: The road of the wayfarer is a joyous one.

British Dictionary definitions for wayfarer


a person who goes on a journey
Derived Forms
wayfaring, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for wayfarer

mid-15c., agent noun from way + fare (v.). Earlier was wayferer (late 14c.). The brand of sunglasses (manufactured by Ray-Ban) dates to 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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