wander (verb) past tense: wandered LISTEN
Wander means ‘to move around without a plan or purpose.’
- Joan wandered through the botanic garden enjoying the smells and sounds of spring.
Wander also means ‘to move away from a path or subject.’
- During history class, Allison's mind wandered.
- During meditation, when your mind wanders, concentrate on your breathing.
Wander can also mean ‘to go in an irregular direction.’
- Stan's eyes wandered when the beautiful woman walked by.
Don't confuse it with
wonder, a verb which is also a noun and an adjective. Read its meaning by clicking the word!
wanderer: a person who travels around with no specific plan.
In pop culture
If you were a teenager in 1961 in the US, you probably danced to Dion’s “The Wanderer.” It’s about a man who wanders from town to town and has many lovers. Do you think this song would be popular today?
There are other meanings of wander.