When you wander without a plan or a specific destination, you roam. Your cat may stay close to your house when you let her outside, or she may roam around the neighborhood all day.

Dogs and kids on bikes tend to roam in packs, looking for food or fun, while a tiger in the zoo roams aimlessly around his enclosure. Book characters' eyes sometimes roam, too, or glance over a scene without stopping: "Her eyes roam across the group, but there are no familiar faces." Experts have tried connecting roam to "pilgrimages to Rome," but there seems to be no relation between roam and Rome.

Definitions of roam

v move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

“The gypsies roamed the woods”
“The cattle roam across the prairie”
cast, drift, ramble, range, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
drift, err, stray
wander from a direct course or at random
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around
wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

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