From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian (“to wander, roam, fly around, hover; change; stray, err”), from Proto-Germanic *wandrōną (“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, hike, migrate”), Swedish vandra (“to wander, hike”).
- (intransitive) To move without purpose or specified destination; often in search of livelihood.
- to wander over the fields
- Bible, Heb. xi. 37
- They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.
- (intransitive) To stray; stray from one's course; err.
- A writer wanders from his subject.
- Bible, Psalms cxix. 10
- O, let me not wander from thy commandments.
- (intransitive) To commit adultery.
- (intransitive) To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.
- (intransitive) Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.
- (move without purpose): err, roam
- (commit adultery): cheat
- (go somewhere indirectly):
- (lose focus): drift
wander (plural wanders)
- The act or instance of wandering.
- To go for a wander