What does wander mean?

Definitions for wander
ˈwɒn dərwan·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wander.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"

  2. cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray, wanderverb

    be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

    "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"

  3. wanderverb

    go via an indirect route or at no set pace

    "After dinner, we wandered into town"

  4. weave, wind, thread, meander, wanderverb

    to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

    "the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"

  5. digress, stray, divagate, wanderverb

    lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

    "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture"


  1. wandernoun

    The act or instance of wandering.

    To go for a wander

  2. wanderverb

    To move without purpose; often in search of livelihood.

  3. wanderverb

    To commit adultery.

  4. wanderverb

    To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.

  5. wanderverb

    Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wanderverb

    To travel over, without a certain course.

    The nether flood
    Runs diverse, wand’ring many a famous realm. John Milton.

    Those few escap’d
    Famine and anguish, will at last consume,
    Wand’ring that wat’ry desart. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    See harness’d steeds desert the stony town,
    And wander roads unstable, not their own. John Gay.

  2. To Wanderverb

    Etymology: wandrian , Saxon; wandelen, Dutch.

    I have no will to wander forth of doors. William Shakespeare.

    I will go lose myself,
    And wander up and down to view the city. William Shakespeare.

    The old duke is banish’d; four loving lords have put themselves into exile with him, whose revenues enrich the new duke; therefore he gives them good leave to wander. William Shakespeare.

    Then came wand’ring by
    A shadow like an angel, with bright hair
    Dabbled in blood, and he shriek’d out aloud. William Shakespeare.

    They wandered about in sheeps and goats skins. Heb. xi.

    Let them wander up and down for meat. Ps. lix.

    From this nuptial bow’r,
    How shall I part, and whither wander down
    Into a lower world? John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Here should my wonder dwell, and here my praise;
    But my fixt thoughts my wand’ring eye betrays. John Denham.

    A hundred years they wander on the shore. Dryden.

    Virgil introduces his Æneas in Carthage, before he brings him to Laurentum; and even after that, he wanders to the kingdom of Evander. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    O let me not wander from thy commandments. Ps. cxix.

    They give the reins to wand’ring thoughts,
    ’Till by their own perplexities involv’d,
    They ravel more. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wanderverb

    to ramble here and there without any certain course or with no definite object in view; to range about; to stroll; to rove; as, to wander over the fields

  2. Wanderverb

    to go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go astray; as, a writer wanders from his subject

  3. Wanderverb

    to be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave; as, the mind wanders

  4. Wanderverb

    to travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wander

    won′dėr, v.i. to ramble with no definite object: (lit. or fig.) to go astray: to leave home; to depart from the subject: to be delirious: (coll.) to lose one's way.—v.t. to traverse: (coll.) to lead astray.—n. Wan′derer.—adj. Wan′dering.—adv. Wan′deringly, in a wandering, uncertain, or unsteady manner.—Wandering Jew, a legendary Jew in the folklore of north-western Europe who cannot die but must wander till the Day of Judgment, for an insult offered to Christ on the way to the Crucifixion—various names given him are Cartaphilus, Isaac Laquedom, and Buttadeus. [A.S. wandrian; Ger. wandern; allied to wend, and to wind, to turn round.]


  1. Wander

    Wander is a beautiful way to share and experience the world.Founded by Jeremy Fisher, previously founder of Dinevore, and Keenan Cummings.Wander is a TechStars NYC Summer 2012 company.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wander' in Verbs Frequency: #630

Anagrams for wander »

  1. Andrew

  2. warden

  3. warned

  4. redawn

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wander in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of wander in a Sentence

  1. Rick Shine:

    Our study shows that keeping calm is the key. The snake is not attacking you, he just thinks that you may be a female snake. And once he works out that's not the case, he'll wander off to look for love elsewhere.

  2. Lisbeth Melendez Rivera:

    The pope is known to wander, we hope that maybe, just maybe, our lively colors will call on him... and that he'll wander over to us.

  3. J. R. R. Tolkien:

    All that is gold does not glitter not all those that wander are lost.

  4. Stephen Hawking:

    We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth, so in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life, somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps intelligent life might be watching these lights of ours, aware of what they mean. Or do our lights wander a lifeless cosmos, unseen beacons announcing that, here on one rock, the universe discovered its existence ? Either way, there is no better question. It's time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. The Breakthrough initiatives are making that commitment. We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know.

  5. Dr. Rich Melheim:

    When a child's mind begins to wander because of something you (the teacher) have said, wander with it. When it begins to wander because of nothing you said, kick yourself in the posterior and say something worth wandering about!

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  • تجولArabic
  • vagarCatalan, Valencian
  • toulkaCzech
  • herumziehen, wandeln, stromern, umherschweifen, zigeunern, umherstreifen, schlendern, umherstreichen, bummeln, abschweifenGerman
  • τριγυρίζω, τριγυρνώ, τριγύρισμαGreek
  • vagi, vagoEsperanto
  • divagar, errar, vagar, peregrinar, aventurar, pajarear, pajaronear, deambular, engañarSpanish
  • سرگردانPersian
  • pettää, kierrellä, käydä vieraissa, harhailla, kaarrella, [[tehdä]] [[aviorikos]], vaeltaa, vaellella, tehdä huorin, harhautua, eksyä, kiertää, [[olla]] [[uskoton]], [[ajautua]] [[sivuun]]Finnish
  • errer, vaguer, divaguerFrench
  • vagarGalician
  • barangol, kóborol, barangolás, letér, vándorlás, vándorol, elkalandozik, kószál, megcsal, félrelépHungarian
  • bighellonare, vagare, svicolare, serpeggiare, passeggiare, tradire, divagare, vagabondaggio, errare, vagabondare, allontanarsi, girovagareItalian
  • さ迷う, ぶらつく, うろつく, 迷う, 横道にそれるJapanese
  • vagariLatin
  • ເລາະLao
  • klajojimas, klajonė, klajotiLithuanian
  • kaewa, ānau, kāewaewa, takiwhenua, tīpao, whakakaewa, taiāmikiMāori
  • zwerven, rondtrekken, afdwalen, dolen, vreemdgaanDutch
  • włóczyć się, spacerPolish
  • vagueação, vagar, perambular, perambulaçãoPortuguese
  • plimba, umblaRomanian
  • слоняться, блуждать, шататься, странствие, шляться, бродитьRussian
  • vankaSwedish
  • gezmekTurkish
  • đi lang thangVietnamese

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. cleave
    • B. emanate
    • C. famish
    • D. abhor

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