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Friday, May 25, 2001

peripatetic

\pair-uh-puh-TET-ik\ , adjective;
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.
noun:
1.
One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.
2.
A follower of Aristotle; an Aristotelian.
Quotes:
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, July 13, 2000
He would have a long way to go before he would match his peripatetic father. Nick had now moved five times and lived in four states from Kentucky to California.
-- Allen Barra, Inventing Wyatt Earp
Origin:
Peripatetic derives from Greek peripatetikos, from peripatein, "to walk about," from peri-, "around, about" + patein, "to walk."
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