One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object, with adverbial of direction Wander about aimlessly.‘stravaiging about the roads’
stroll, amble, saunter, walk, dawdle, potter, ramble, maunder, meanderView synonyms
- ‘John O'Neil, now in the shop window, was the inspirer of his side, stravaiging the park with elan and sending cute passes into the areas of maximum damage.’
- ‘I could do with a long Stravaig.’
- ‘If you embarked upon 'a stravaig' you'd have a wander through glens and over hills with no set purpose other than to enjoy the walking.’
- ‘Too little attention to breeding leads to the jungle of the Price household at Portsmouth - with its stravaiging pack of ‘ill-bred’ young dogs.’
Late 18th century: probably a shortening of obsolete extravage ‘digress, ramble’.
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