From Middle English romen, from Old English *rāmian, from Proto-Germanic *raimōnan (“to wander”), from *raim- (“to move, raise”), from Proto-Indo-European *rī-, *reyw-, *(o)reyǝ- (“to move, lift, flow”). Akin to Old English ārǣman "to arise, stand up, lift up", Old High German rāmēn (“to aim”) ( > archaic German rahmen (“to strive”)), Middle Dutch rammen "to night-wander, copulate", rammelen "to wander about, ramble". More at ramble
- (RP) enPR: rōm, IPA: /ɹəʊm/, X-SAMPA: /r@Um/
- (GenAm) enPR: rōm, IPA: /ɹoʊm/, X-SAMPA: /roUm/
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- Homophones: Rome
- Rhymes: -əʊm
- (intransitive) To wander or travel freely and with no specific destination.
- (intransitive, computing, telecommunications) To use a network or service from different locations or devices.
- (transitive) To range or wander over.
- Gangs of thugs roamed the streets.
- And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam.