One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]humorous, formal
1Walk or travel through or around a place or area, especially for pleasure and in a leisurely way.with object ‘she perambulated the square’‘he grew weary of perambulating over rough countryside in bad weather’
wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a tripView synonyms
- ‘The narrow opening supported a child's body and encouraged children to perambulate by keeping them from sitting down or crawling.’
- ‘Over the weekend I had a chance to perambulate properly in cyberspace.’
- ‘Unspoken but understood was that we wanted a community small enough to perambulate but that also had DSL.’
- ‘Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I will be briskly perambulating.’
- ‘The added handicap is that runners have to dodge the horse dung as they perambulate down the track.’
- 1.1British historical with object Walk around (a parish, forest, etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries.
Late Middle English: from Latin perambulat- ‘walked about’, from the verb perambulare, from per- ‘all over’ + ambulare ‘to walk’.
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