Definition of saunter in US English:

saunter

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Walk in a slow, relaxed manner, without hurry or effort.

    ‘Adam sauntered into the room’
    • ‘I woke up early and put on a pair of pants with a loose black shirt and sauntered into the lounge room.’
    • ‘Amber was first, sauntering in as if nothing had happened.’
    • ‘Robert is sauntering around in the foyer, waiting.’
    • ‘She glanced at him over her shoulder before sauntering from the room.’
    • ‘She looked up and saw Dolan sauntering over towards her.’
    • ‘He smiled in a twisted manner, sauntering into the study.’
    • ‘She'd come to school dressed pretty conservatively, but later in the day she'd be sauntering around in a tight mini skirt and sexy shoes.’
    • ‘We spent most of our days sauntering down sunny beaches, eating romantic candlelit lunches, and singing songs with some of our closest friends.’
    • ‘She returned back inside, sauntering into the drawing room where she resumed her position on the window seat, picking up the book.’
    • ‘Feeling very pleased, he left her room and sauntered down the corridor.’
    • ‘Joe was already sauntering down the hallway, and Morgan watched in satisfaction before turning back to her fiancé.’
    • ‘The bathroom door opened and Maralynne came sauntering out.’
    • ‘I was eating my regular lunch at my regular table when Vena came sauntering over, her flunkies creating a semicircle behind her.’
    • ‘Sam glared harshly at her before sauntering into the kitchen.’
    • ‘He poured her a drink and they sauntered into the living room and took a seat in a secluded corner.’
    • ‘He straightened and started away, sauntering across the yard.’
    • ‘But he only sauntered across the room and dropped down to sit on the floor at my feet.’
    • ‘Piper performed a victory dance before sauntering over to Noah.’
    • ‘Finally, Wayne heard the toilet flush and Lance sauntered back into the living room.’
    • ‘Will grinned and stood up, sauntering over to the door.’
    stroll, amble, wander, meander, drift, maunder, potter, walk, promenade, ramble
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noun

  • A leisurely stroll.

    ‘a quiet saunter down the road’
    • ‘Our daily parade down the Croisette has turned from a saunter to a stagger.’
    • ‘People are generally happier after a light saunter, as well.’
    • ‘Oblivious to his hectic surroundings, the man carried on with his lonely saunter until he reached an uncharacteristically quiet corner of the courtyard void of any activity.’
    • ‘If you fancy a soothing saunter into the heart of country, then put this collection on, clear back the carpet, uncork your favourite brew and haul your sweetheart across the floor for a tender two-step.’
    stroll, amble, wander, meander, walk, turn, constitutional, ramble, airing, promenade, breather
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘to muse, wonder’): of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.

Pronunciation

saunter

/ˈsôn(t)ər//ˈsɔn(t)ər/