verb (used without object)
- to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove: to roam about the world.
verb (used with object)
- to wander over or through: to roam the countryside.
- an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.
- to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander
- the act of roaming
c.1300, romen, possibly from Old English *ramian “act of wandering about,” which is probably related to aræman “arise, lift up.” There are no certain cognate forms in other Germanic languages, but Barnhart points to Old Norse reimuðr “act of wandering about,” reimast “to haunt.” “Except in late puns, there is no evidence of connexion with the Romance words denoting pilgrims or pilgrimages to Rome ….” [OED], such as Spanish romero “a pilot-fish; a pilgrim;” Old French romier “travelling as a pilgrim; a pilgrim,” from Medieval Latin romerius “a pilgrim” (originally to Rome). Related: Roamed; roamer; roaming.