verb (used without object)

  1. to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll: sauntering through the woods.


  1. a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
  2. a leisurely gait.

verb (intr)

  1. to walk in a casual manner; stroll


  1. a leisurely pace or stroll
  2. a leisurely old-time dance

v.late 15c., santren “to muse, be in reverie,” of uncertain origin despite many absurd speculations. Meaning “walk with a leisurely gait” is from 1660s, and may be a different word. Klein suggests this sense of the word derives via Anglo-French sauntrer (mid-14c.) from French s’aventurer “to take risks,” but OED finds this “unlikely.” Related: Sauntered; sauntering. n.“a leisurely stroll,” 1828, from saunter (v.). Earlier it meant “idle occupation, diversion” (1728).

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