One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Talk in a rambling manner.‘Dennis maundered on about the wine’
ramble, prattle, prate, blather, blether, blither, drivel, rattle, chatter, jabber, gabble, babbleView synonyms
- ‘They both maunder on for what feels like several hours about this wonderful patriarchal peasant society where the men spend all their time talking about food, and the women spend all their time preparing it.’
- ‘I've maundered and pondered and arm-waved about something like this for ages.’
- ‘A good editor would have ensured that these characters did not have as much time to maunder on endlessly and indulge in the most banal conversation.’
- ‘And if I've devoted too much time to maundering about this, it's from a sort of frustration.’
- ‘A longer perspective is more pertinent and more relevant to the future than listening to televised imbeciles maundering about the ‘death of liberalism.’’
- ‘Every issue has a cluster of stories that vary wildly in style and tone, from maundering musings to cold silence, from freehand swirls to suffocating realism.’
- ‘More to the point, for all his maundering about the estate tax, it hasn't done anything to break up the great fortunes of our era.’
- ‘In a bleary voice he seems to be maundering about Christ, Armageddon, calendars, and China.’
- ‘It sometimes reads like the most self-indulgent and maundering commonplace book, pregnant with ideas and jottings, their author unwilling or unable to develop them cogently.’
- 1.1with adverbial Move or act in a dreamy or idle manner.‘he maunders through the bank, composing his thoughts’
wander, drift, meander, amble, dawdle, potter, straggleView synonyms
- ‘But what good is bawdy when its purveyors, from low to high, seem unfailingly recruited for their unsightliness, and act like overwrought underachievers or maundering bystanders?’
- ‘He maunders alone on the rocky beach.’
- ‘This real England, your unreal home, turns us all into maundering John of Gaunts, sighing over sceptred isles, demi-paradises, other Edens.’
- ‘He was instead maundering about his room, thinking about silly things and wishing he knew what was going on.’
- ‘You lot thought I was maundering in Philadelphia, didn't you?’
Early 17th century: perhaps from obsolete maunder ‘to beg’.
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