saunter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v saunter walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
    • n saunter a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
    • n saunter a careless leisurely gait "he walked with a kind of saunter as if he hadn't a care in the world"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Saunter A sauntering, or a sauntering place. "That wheel of fops, that saunter of the town."
    • v. i Saunter To wander or walk about idly and in a leisurely or lazy manner; to lounge; to stroll; to loiter. "One could lie under elm trees in a lawn, or saunter in meadows by the side of a stream."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • saunter To venture (?). See sauntering, 1.
    • saunter To hesitate (?).
    • saunter To wander idly or loiteringly; move or walk in a leisurely, listless, or undecided way; loiter; lounge; stroll.
    • saunter To dawdle; idle; loiter over a thing.
    • saunter Synonyms Stroll, Stray, etc. See ramble, v.
    • n saunter A stroll; a leisurely ramble or walk.
    • n saunter A leisurely, careless gait.
    • n saunter A sauntering-place; a loitering- or strolling-place.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Saunter sawn′tėr to wander about idly: to loiter: to lounge: to stroll: to dawdle
    • n Saunter a sauntering: a place for sauntering: a leisurely ramble
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Quotations

  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also santer,

Usage

In literature:

The negro sauntered down the lane, and opened the gate for me.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
I was sauntering about my end of the counter, when the white Polar Bear walked right up against me.
"Adventures in Toyland" by Edith King Hall
When he is being played, many of us have to rush away and saunter in the foyer.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Mr. Underhill had walked down to the corner, and was sauntering about.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I saw him saunter down to the water's edge.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
There were at least half-a-dozen of them sauntering about.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
He sauntered past them, his hands in his big pockets, his chin in the air.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
In fact, no sooner had they found a cool retreat than Elias and Yuhanna sauntered up, hailing Iskender with delight as loving comrades.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
The yacht's saunterings offshore seemed a part of the summer vacation.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Mrs. Tascher gave him a little push, and he sauntered out.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
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In poetry:

The cheerful robin's sturdy note,
The gay canary's trill,
Blent with the low of new-milked kine
That sauntered by the rill:
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Then laggard Adam sauntered near,
What Eve had heard he too must hear,
But ah! for aye will woman's voice
Make man to sigh or him rejoice.
"The Saxon Legend Of Language" by Mary Weston Fordham
She sauntered by the swinging seas,
A jewel glittered at her ear,
And, teasing her along, the breeze
Brought many a rounded grace more near.
"She Saunters" by William Ernest Henley
Not sure himself, and hearing no reply
To questions put with eager lip and eye,
He turned to watch the roses bud and blow,
And all the idle moments saunter by.
"Omar Khayyam" by Alexander Anderson
So on to Baydon sauntered, teased
With that pure native air.
Sometimes the sweetness of wild thyme
The strings of care
Did pluck; sometimes my soul was eased
With more than sweetness of wild thyme.
"Your Shadow" by John Freeman
"A little more sleep, and a little more slumber;"
Thus he wastes half his days, and his hours without number,
And when he gets up, he sits folding his hands,
Or walks about sauntering, or trifling he stands.
"The Sluggard" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Food Cart Reviews Believe it or not, some people still saunter up to food carts with Spanish names expecting tacos.
On a recent Saturday, we sauntered into Bistro Casanova and happened upon the new a la carte brunch.
It feels wrong, dangerous and perhaps illegal to drink from a filled wine glass while sauntering around downtown Salinas.
From stage right, manager Burak Isman saunters over to our table to guide Rebecca through a book-length list of Italian wines.
Sometimes only a cocktail will do, so saunter over Palisade 's distillery.
He sauntered into the third-floor cooking facility at West Catholic High School like he owned it.
Y esterday morning, I sauntered into Madison Square Park before many others had arrived.
Pants Velour saunters into StudioA.
FORT WORTH — Three big guys — one in a fine-looking Stetson — saunter into a roadhouse and land in plastic chairs around a small table.
Julie Saunter is a plaintiff in the suit.
Jon Ritchie, the thoughtful former Oakland Raiders fullback -- no, it is not an oxymoron -- saunters into the television studio for an interview he has been dreading.
Campers at Jenks Lake in California's San Bernardino National Forest got an unexpected visitor over the weekend when a bear sauntered into camp and stole a backpack containing an iPad.
1) A relaxing day out at the mall, sauntering in and out of your favorite stores and finding fabulous pieces on sales that fit perfectly.
We saunter through the many booths, navigate through the crowds and try to avoid eye contact with the hard pitch vendors.
A short, stocky man with a shopping bag full of swag sauntered up to the Hotel Gansevoort's 15th-floor rooftop bar on Saturday afternoon.
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