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
- ‘And if I've devoted too much time to maundering about this, it's from a sort of frustration.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I've maundered and pondered and arm-waved about something like this for ages.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In a bleary voice he seems to be maundering about Christ, Armageddon, calendars, and China.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A longer perspective is more pertinent and more relevant to the future than listening to televised imbeciles maundering about the ‘death of liberalism.’’
- 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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘You lot thought I was maundering in Philadelphia, didn't you?’
- ‘He was instead maundering about his room, thinking about silly things and wishing he knew what was going on.’
Early 17th century: perhaps from obsolete maunder ‘to beg’.
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