from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move about without a definite destination or purpose.
- intransitive v. To go by an indirect route or at no set pace; amble: wander toward town.
- intransitive v. To proceed in an irregular course; meander.
- intransitive v. To go astray: wander from the path of righteousness.
- intransitive v. To lose clarity or coherence of thought or expression.
- transitive v. To wander across or through: wander the forests and fields.
- n. The act or an instance of wandering; a stroll.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move without purpose; often in search of livelihood.
- v. To stray; stray from one's course; err.
- v. To commit adultery.
- v. To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.
- v. Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.
- n. The act or instance of wandering.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To ramble here and there without any certain course or with no definite object in view; to range about; to stroll; to rove.
- intransitive v. To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go astray.
- intransitive v. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave.
- transitive v. To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In physical chemistry, to move hither and thither in every direction: said of the molecules of a liquid or of the molecules of two miscible liquids in contact with each other.
- To ramble with out, or as if without, any certain course or object in view; travel or move from place to place; range about; roam; rove; stroll; stray.
- To leave home or a settled place of abode; depart; migrate.
- To depart from any settled course; go astray, as from the paths of duty; stray; de viate; err.
- To lose one's way; be lost.
- To think or speak incoherently; rave; be de lirious.
- Synonyms 1-3. Roam, Rove, etc. (see ramble), straggle.
- Swerve, digress.
- To travel over without a cer tain course; stroll through; traverse.
- To lead astray; cause to lose the way or become lost.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
- v. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
- v. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
- v. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
- v. go via an indirect route or at no set pace
Middle English wanderen, from Old English wandrian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian ("to wander, roam, fly around, hover; change; stray, err"), from Proto-Germanic *wandrōnan (“to wander”), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (“to turn, wind”), equivalent to wend + -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with Scots wander ("to wander"), German wandern ("to wander, roam, migrate"), Swedish vandra ("to wander, hike"). (Wiktionary)