One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbwend one's way
no object, with adverbial Go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect route.‘they wended their way across the city’
meander, make one's way, wind one's way, find one's way, pick one's wayView synonyms
- ‘Along the Yukon River, I'll follow the dike to Front Street, where I'll nip into Jimmy's Place, Maximilian's and the General Store before wending my way through town back to Berton House.’
- ‘On Thursday afternoon last at 3.30 pm a small number of people were wending their way along Carlow's widest street, in stark contrast to a few years back.’
- ‘Above Muir, you'll wend your way past yawning crevasses along the Cowlitz Glacier, tiptoe over snow bridges on the Ingraham Glacier, and duck past the giant seracs of the Ingraham Icefall.’
- ‘The road wends its way queasily from valley to valley, dipping and rising through dappled woodland.’
- ‘You'd be able to kayak to work, or maybe spend your Sunday wending your way through a small creek down from the top of Mount Royal through Westmount and into the East End.’
- ‘Just this week, infrared cameras detected 15 people wending their way across the desert.’
- ‘But to enter the expansive dale it must climb over 7,000 feet, wending its way through snowcapped mountains cut from the Alay and Tian Shan ranges.’
- ‘So the 3,000 protesters wending their way through Westwood had few witnesses beyond a gaggle of riot cops.’
- ‘The sealed road wends its way across the stark Anti-Atlas and startling scenery appears after Igherm while descending the Akka Valley.’
- ‘Visitors had to wend and weave their way around corners and curves to reach the various spaces, which once again invoked the trope of the medieval city.’
- ‘St. Michael's Church was full to over flowing for the Requiem Mass last Friday morning after which the massive funeral cortège slowly wended its way to St. Michael's cemetery for burial.’
- ‘Two conflicting thoughts occur as you sit with Stu Thomson in a Nevis Range gondola and wend your way slowly up the north face of Aonach Mor, all the way to 2,150 ft and the top of the World Cup downhill course.’
- ‘The deer favor more open spaces and can often be seen from the road as one wends one's way along the Skyline Drive.’
Old English wendan ‘to turn, depart’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German wenden, also to wind.
- another term for Sorb
- ‘My father's family are descended from the Wends, a nomadic people from the Slav lands who were gypsies, musicians and physicians.’
- ‘From Gotland and south-east Sweden came the Geats, Norwegians, Franks from northern France and central Germany, Wends from the southern Baltic coasts, and many others.’
- ‘The 500 or so Sorbian immigrants who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1854 were primarily bilingual, speaking German and Wendish, and called themselves German Wends.’
- ‘Sorbs in this country usually called themselves Wends, but that term has acquired a pejorative ring in Europe today.’
- ‘Another point of importance for German development was that Charlemagne fixed the boundary between his domain and the Slavs, including the Wends, on the farther side of the Elbe and Saale Rivers.’
- ‘Their retreat left a vacuum east of the Elbe River now filled by immigrating tribes that the Germans loosely classified as Wends.’
- ‘The Slovaks and the Wends / Sorbs are the only two Lutheran Slavic groups to immigrate to America, and their numbers were not large.’
From German Wende, of unknown origin.
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