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saunter Line breaks: saun|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːntə/

Definition of saunter in English:


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Walk in a slow, relaxed manner: Adam sauntered into the room
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  • He smiled in a twisted manner, sauntering into the study.
  • Finally, Wayne heard the toilet flush and Lance sauntered back into the living room.
  • She returned back inside, sauntering into the drawing room where she resumed her position on the window seat, picking up the book.
go for a walk, go for a stroll, take a walk, stretch one's legs, take the air;
Scottish & Irish stravaig;
Irish streel
informalmosey, tootle
British informalpootle, bimble


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A leisurely stroll: a quiet saunter down the road
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  • Oblivious to his hectic surroundings, the man carried on with his lonely saunter until he reached an uncharacteristically quiet corner of the courtyard void of any activity.
  • People are generally happier after a light saunter, as well.
  • Our daily parade down the Croisette has turned from a saunter to a stagger.
North American paseo;
informalmosey, tootle
British informalpootle, bimble



Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːntərə/
Example sentences
  • It creates a world of cheerful saunterers along small bridges and crosswalks, and outdoor cafe couples with their glasses chiming.
  • Long, drowsy, dusty days when the shade of trees calls the saunterer into the woods to seek out dark, cool places by small streams.
  • Hearing us, other saunterers turned and stared as if we were in Rome or Paris or Hell.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'to muse, wonder'): of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.

Words that rhyme with saunter

flaunter, haunter, taunter, vaunter

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