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Monday, January 26, 2004

Definitions for peripatetic

  1. Of or pertaining to walking about or traveling from place to place; itinerant.
  2. Of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions while walking in the Lyceum at Athens), or to his followers.
  3. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.

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Citations for peripatetic
Nevertheless, the attachment which in later life he developed towards Charleston suggests that his peripatetic childhood had left unsatisfied his need for a permanent home. Frances Spalding, Duncan Grant: A Biography
I was born in Italy, my sister on the west coast of Canada, because my father was pursuing a peripatetic career as an artist. Anna Shapiro, USA Today
Origin of peripatetic
late Middle English
1400-1450
Peripatetic derives from Greek peripatetikos, from peripatein, "to walk about," from peri-, "around, about" + patein, "to walk."