Definition of meandering in English:

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Pronunciation: /mēˈandəriNG/


1Following a winding course: a meandering lane
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  • Slowly the landscape changed as the two elementals followed the meandering river.
  • The humans pursued a meandering course through the forest.
  • The family acquired a former cereal farm, a 300 hectare spread extending along both sides of the meandering river Ega.
winding, windy, zigzag, zigzagging, twisting, turning, curving, serpentine, sinuous, twisty
1.1Proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion: a brilliant sample of meandering discourse a florid and rather meandering melody
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  • The ensuing 86 minutes unfold in a slow, meandering fashion, yet somehow remain likeable even if nothing much happens.
  • When read straight through, the narrative digressions take the reader on a meandering path that resembles hypertextual linking.
  • Short and stylistically different than much of the rest of the album, it features Hayden in top vocal form, gently wrapping his words around a meandering piano melody.


(usually meanderings)
1An act of following a winding course: oxbow lagoons left by the river’s meanderings
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  • Radlauer places her palm on the map showing the Mississippi's meanderings.
1.1An act of wandering in a leisurely or aimless manner: in the course of his meanderings through the city
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  • Bath Walks records a series of meanderings around the City of Bath, identifying architectural details and revealing new relationships between the patches of buildings and its streets.
  • One distinguished exponent is Van Morrison, whose Astral Weeks album detailed his meanderings through Cyprus Avenue, a tree-lined road near his childhood home in east Belfast.
  • It was on one of these nocturnal meanderings that I spotted a young girl walking along about a block ahead of me.
1.2Convoluted or undirected thought or language: he has a penchant for obscure verbal meanderings
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  • For example, the title track's obscured by excessive meandering, never giving any indication of the song's center, or the composition's significance.
  • Emerging from their apparently aimless meanderings came an essential truthfulness, a revelation of how things are.
  • Combined with this talent, Sellers had an incredible ability to improvise and wander away from the script in wild comic meanderings, which, on many occasions, prevented his co-star from keeping a straight face.

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Syllabification: me·an·der·ing

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