Other forms: rovers

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.

Definitions of rover
  1. noun
    someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
    synonyms: bird of passage, roamer, wanderer
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    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
    a vagrant living on a beach
    Bedouin, Beduin
    a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs
    a member of the race of nomadic hunters and gatherers who live in southern Africa
    a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th century
    (historically) a member of the nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian deserts at the time of the Roman Empire
    a member of the ancient nomadic people inhabiting Scythia
    a tramp who habitually arrives at sundown
    bum, hobo, tramp
    a disreputable vagrant
    type of:
    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
  2. noun
    a vehicle for exploring rough terrain, especially a planet or another extraterrestrial body
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    a conveyance that transports people or objects
  3. noun
    an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement
    synonyms: scouter
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    Boy Scout
    a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
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