Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move about without purpose or plan; wander. See Synonyms at wander.
  • transitive v. To wander over or through: roamed the streets.
  • n. The act or an instance of roaming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wander or travel freely and with no specific destination.
  • v. To use a network or service from different locations or devices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of roaming; a wandering; a ramble.
  • intransitive v. To go from place to place without any certain purpose or direction; to rove; to wander.
  • transitive v. To range or wander over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To walk; go; proceed.
  • To wander; ramble; rove; walk or move about from place to place without any certain purpose or direction.
  • Synonyms Rove, Wander, etc. See ramble.
  • To range; wander over: as, to roam the woods.
  • n. The act of wandering; a ramble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Middle English romen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English romen, from Old English *rāmian, from Proto-Germanic *raimōnan (“to wander”), from *raim- (“to move, raise”), from Proto-Indo-European *rī-, *reyw-, *(o)reyǝ- (“to move, lift, flow”). Akin to Old English ārǣman "to arise, stand up, lift up", Old High German rāmēn ("to aim") ( > archaic German rahmen ("to strive")), Middle Dutch rammen "to night-wander, copulate", rammelen "to wander about, ramble". More at ramble (Wiktionary)

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