• To move without purpose or specified destination; often in search of livelihood.
  • To stray; stray from one's course; err.
  • To commit adultery.
  • To go somewhere indirectly or at varying speeds; to move in a curved path.
  • Of the mind, to lose focus or clarity of argument or attention.


  • An act or instance of wandering.
  • The situation where a value or signal etc. deviates from the correct or normal value.


  • From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian, from Proto-Germanic *wandrōną, from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ-, equivalent to wend + -er. Cognate with Scots wander, German wandern, Swedish vandra.

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