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1 move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "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"; "They rolled from town to town" [syn: roll, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]
2 be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?" [syn: cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray]
3 go via an indirect route or at no set pace; "After dinner, we wandered into town"
4 to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body" [syn: weave, wind, thread, meander]
5 lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking; "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture" [syn: digress, stray, divagate]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. The act or instance of wandering.
    To go for a wander


act or instance of wandering
  • Czech: toulka


  1. To move without purpose; often in search of livelihood.
  2. To commit adultery.
  3. To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.
  4. Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.


  • (move without purpose): err, roam
  • (commit adultery): cheat
  • (go somewhere indirectly):
  • (lose focus): drift

Derived terms


move without purpose
commit adultery
go somewhere indirectly
of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention
  • Dutch: afdwalen
  • Finnish: harhailla
  • German: abschweifen

Extensive Definition

In telecommunication, wander are long-term random variations of the significant instants of a digital signal from their ideal positions. Phase variations with a frequency content above 10 Hz are considered jitter, while those with a frequency below 10 Hz are referred to as wander. Wander variations are those that occur over a period greater than 1 s (second). Jitter, swim, wander, and drift have increasing periods of variation in that order.

See also

wander in Polish: Wander

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amble, babble, bat, bat around, be absent, be in error, be insane, be mistaken, be wrong, boom, bum, circumambulate, count ties, daydream, depart, deviate, digress, divagate, diverge, dote, dream, drift, drivel, drool, err, excurse, fall into error, fantasy, flit, gad, gad about, gallivant, get sidetracked, go about, go adrift, go amiss, go astray, go awry, go the rounds, go woolgathering, go wrong, have a demon, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, jaunt, knock about, knock around, lapse, maunder, meander, misbelieve, miscalculate, mooch, moon, muse, nomadize, peregrinate, pererrate, pipe-dream, project, prowl, rage, ramble, range, rant, rave, roam, roll, rove, run about, run amok, run mad, saunter, serve Mammon, slaver, slip, slip up, slobber, snake, stargaze, straggle, stray, stroll, stumble, trail, traipse, tramp, trip, turn aside, twist, twist and turn, vagabond, vagabondize, walk the tracks, wayfare, wind
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