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  • n. One who saunters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who saunters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who saunters, or wanders about in a loitering or leisurely way.

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

  • n. someone who walks at a leisurely pace


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  • He says that the word saunterer was derived from those persons who, during the Middle Ages, went on crusades to the

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  • He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all; but the saunterer, in the good sense, is no more vagrant than the meandering river, which is all the while sedulously seeking the shortest course to the sea.

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  • Thither, too, comes the saunterer, anxious to get rid of that wearisome attendant himself, and thither come both males and females, who, upon a different principle, desire to make themselves double.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • His satisfaction communicates itself to a third saunterer through the long vacation in Kenge and

    Bleak House

  • The saunterer looked up and saw a wild-duck flying along with the greatest violence, just in its rear being another large bird, which a countryman would have pronounced to be one of the biggest duck-hawks that he had ever beheld.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • The saunterer came further inside, took a good look around and then marched off to the left.

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  • The fact seems to be that the boy was a dreamer and saunterer; he himself says that he used to wander about the pier heads in fine weather, watch the ships departing on long voyages, and dream of going to the ends of the earth.

    Washington Irving

  • Office clerks could be forced to attend punctually at ten; and that wretched saunterer, whom five days a week he saw lounging into the

    The Three Clerks

  • With these words he took leave of the saunterer, who would have delayed his retreat, by calling to him aloud, that he had not yet described the situation of his castle.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • There goes a Sainte Terrer, a saunterer, a Holy Lander. SAUNTER.


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  • The etymology appears to be madeupical.

    October 6, 2009

  • I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks, who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering; which word is beautifully derived "from idle people who roved about the country, in the middle ages, and asked charity, under pretence of going à la sainte terre" — to the holy land, till the children exclaimed, "There goes a sainte-terrer", a saunterer — a holy-lander. They who never go to the holy land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds, but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre, without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering. He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all, but the Saunterer, in the good sense, is no more vagrant than the meandering river, which is all the while sedulously seeking the shortest course to the sea. But I prefer the first, which indeed is the most probable derivation. For every walk is a sort of crusade, preached by some Peter the Hermit in us, to go forth and reconquer this holy land from the hands of the Infidels.

    Thoreau, Walking.

    October 6, 2009

  • "But it is remarkable that the wild apple, which I praise as so spirited and racy when eaten in the fields or woods, being brought into the house, has frequently a harsh and crabbed taste. The Saunterer's Apple not even the saunterer can eat in the house. The palate rejects it there, as it does haws and acorns, and demands a tamed one; for there you miss the November air, which is the sauce it is to be eaten with." - 'Wild Apples', Henry David Thoreau.

    December 14, 2007