rover

A rover is a drifter or wanderer, someone who doesn't settle in one spot. If you grow up in a small town, you may dream of buying a camper and living as a rover one day.

Because rovers tend to roam around, this word has historically been a popular name for dogs. In fact, Shakespeare even called a dog Rover in A Winter's Tale. The rover vehicles used to explore rough terrain got their name from this same sense of wandering. Planetary rovers roll around the surfaces of moons and planets, exploring on their own or carrying crew. Land Rovers and other cars bill themselves as equally rugged and adventurous.

Primary Meanings of rover

1.
n
someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
2.
n
a vehicle for exploring rough terrain, especially a planet or another extraterrestrial body
3.
n
an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement
Full Definitions of rover
1

n someone who leads a wandering unsettled life

Synonyms:
bird of passage, roamer, wanderer
Types:
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nomad
a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
drifter, floater, vagabond, vagrant
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
beachcomber
a vagrant living on a beach
Bedouin, Beduin
a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs
Bushman
a member of the race of nomadic hunters and gatherers who live in southern Africa
Hun
a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th century
Saracen
(historically) a member of the nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian deserts at the time of the Roman Empire
Scythian
a member of the ancient nomadic people inhabiting Scythia
sundowner
a tramp who habitually arrives at sundown
bum, hobo, tramp
a disreputable vagrant
Type of:
traveler, traveller
a person who changes location
2

n a vehicle for exploring rough terrain, especially a planet or another extraterrestrial body

Type of:
vehicle
a conveyance that transports people or objects
3

n an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement

Synonyms:
scouter
Type of:
Boy Scout
a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts

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