1. [ verb ] move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Synonyms: roam drift range stray rove vagabond ramble cast roll tramp swan

"The gypsies roamed the woods" "roving vagabonds" "the wandering Jew" "The cattle roam across the prairie" "the laborers drift from one town to the next"

Related terms: travel maunder gallivant stray straggler wanderer alley_cat wandering rambler drifting vagabond hiker
2. [ verb ] (sexuality) be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
Synonyms: betray cheat cuckold cheat_on

"She cheats on her husband" "Might her husband be wandering?"

Related terms: deceive twotime play_around two-time cuckold
3. [ verb ] go via an indirect route or at no set pace

"After dinner, we wandered into town"

Related terms: proceed weave
4. [ verb ] to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
Synonyms: wind thread meander weave

"the river winds through the hills" "the path meanders through the vineyards" "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"

Related terms: travel snake
5. [ verb ] lose clarity or turn aside esp. from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
Synonyms: digress divagate stray

"She always digresses when telling a story" "her mind wanders" "Don't digress when you give a lecture"

Related terms: tell diversion digression
Similar spelling:   wanderer