Definition of meander in English:


Syllabification: me·an·der
Pronunciation: /mēˈandər


[no object]
1(Of a river or road) follow a winding course: a river that meandered gently through a meadow
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  • Ali led the way to a place where the river meandered away from the road, looping around a tall stand of deciduous forest that stood alone like an island.
  • The Tungabhadra river meanders gently through, and at night the boulder-strewn landscape has an almost magical quality.
  • The area grew and prospered during the Industrial Revolution, but it's now an oasis of green calm, where canals and rivers meander through hills dotted with sheep and dry-stone walls.
1.1(Of a person) wander at random: kids meandered in and out
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  • Everyone was wandering around town, meandering.
  • Patricia Schultz has suffered from wanderlust ever since she meandered away from the family beach blanket at age 4.
  • Omid took some time to meander and wander through the Game Developer Conference in San Jose last week.
informal mosey, tootle, toodle
1.2(Of a speaker or text) proceed aimlessly or with little purpose: a stylish offbeat thriller which occasionally meanders
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  • I had just taken Claire home at around 11:00 a.m and was once again cruising around in my car, thoughts meandering around my head.
  • My thoughts meandered and moseyed as my eyelids grew heavy.
  • Thoughts meandered through her brain, and they were quite unorganized.


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1A winding curve or bend of a river or road: the river flows in sweeping meanders
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  • Awkwardly sited on the river meander, the bridge has an uncomfortable relationship with the freeway.
  • Shreve, in a move of astonishing hubris, decided in 1831 to dredge a five-mile shortcut across a long meander on the Mississippi, saving 18 river-miles.
1.1 [in singular] A circuitous journey, especially an aimless one: a leisurely meander around the twisting coastline road
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  • Quite apart form this, a slow meander down the Siq establishes the mystery of this ‘lost’ city and builds up a sense of anticipation around every corner.
  • Another meander takes us into the house of a female healer.
  • I will be writing about costs of living, food and booze on a slow meander in the sun.
1.2An ornamental pattern of winding or interlocking lines, e.g., in a mosaic.
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  • Subsidiary zones are filled by key meanders among other rectilinear motifs; there may also be friezes of goats and deer, derived from Levantine sources.
  • Works called ‘folded loops’ resemble meanders or mazes, with every line bending back on itself.
  • Contributing to this impression was not only the shape-on-top-of-shape appearance but that work's random meander.


late 16th century (as a noun): from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros, the name of a river (see Menderes).

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