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1902, borrowing from German Wanderlust (desire for wandering), compound of wandern (to hike, walk, wander) and Lust (desire, fun, pleasure), equivalent to English wander +‎ lust.


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wanderlust (countable and uncountable, plural wanderlusts)

  1. A strong impulse or longing to travel.
    Synonyms: itchy feet, travel bug
    Antonym: homesickness
    • 1912, Robert W. Service, “The Wanderlust”, in Rhymes of a Rolling Stone:
      The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas, / Has dumped me on the tailing-piles of dearth; / The Wanderlust has haled me from the morris chairs of ease, / Has hurled me to the ends of all the earth.



wanderlust (third-person singular simple present wanderlusts, present participle wanderlusting, simple past and past participle wanderlusted)

  1. (intransitive) To feel a strong impulse or longing to travel.

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wanderlust m or f (in variation) (uncountable)

  1. wanderlust (a strong impulse or longing to travel)