stroll

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Borrowed from German strollen, a variant of Alemannic German strolchen, from Strolch (vagabond; rascal).

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stroll (plural strolls)

  1. A wandering on foot; an idle and leisurely walk; a ramble.

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stroll (third-person singular simple present strolls, present participle strolling, simple past and past participle strolled)

  1. To wander on foot; to ramble idly or leisurely; to rove.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jonathan Swift and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      These mothers stroll to beg sustenance for their helpless infants.
    • 1709, [Jonathan Swift], “The Metamorphosis of Baucis and Philemon, Burlesqu’d; from the 8th Book of Ovid”, in Baucis and Philemon; a Poem. [], London: Printed and sold by H. Hills, [], OCLC 745157818, page 3:
      In Ancient Times, as Story tells, / The Saints would often leave their Cells, / And ſtrole about, but hide their Quality, / To try good Peoples Hoſpitality.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071, pages 87–88:
      The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. [...] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
  2. To go somewhere with ease.
1907, Robert William Chambers, “His Own People”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326, page 15:
[A] delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. "Phil! You! Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
  1. (intransitive, slang) To walk the streets as a prostitute.
    • 1998, Joseph Ferone, Boomboom, page 24:
      "Nammers?" She'd told him before of some Vietnamese gang pressuring her to stroll for them. / "Don't even ask. You don't want to know."

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