saunter

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Etymology[edit]

Etymology unclear. Attested in the sense “to stroll” from the 1660s; noun sense “a stroll” attested 1828.[1] Likely from earlier term meaning “to muse”, late 15th century, from Middle English santren, of unknown origin.[1] Competing theories exist:

Various fanciful folk etymologies have also been given.[5][6]

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Verb[edit]

saunter (third-person singular simple present saunters, present participle sauntering, simple past and past participle sauntered)

  1. To stroll, or walk at a leisurely pace
    • Masson
      One could lie under elm trees in a lawn, or saunter in meadows by the side of a stream.

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Noun[edit]

saunter (plural saunters)

  1. A leisurely walk or stroll.
    • 1814, Elizabeth Hervey, Amabel: Volume 1, page 53:
      Caroline [] begged that the drive might be given up for a saunter about the gardens []
  2. A leisurely pace.
  3. (obsolete) A place for sauntering or strolling.
    • Young
      That wheel of fops, that saunter of the town.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 saunter” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  3. ^ Proposed by Blackley (Word Gossip, 1869); see 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
  4. ^ Wedgwood; see 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
  5. ^ Saunter., Languagehat, July 24, 2004
  6. ^ In Walking, Henry David Thoreau derives it from Sainte Terre (holy land) or sans terre (without land); these are dismissed as far-fetched.

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