To saunter is to stroll at a leisurely pace. The next time someone accuses you of dragging your feet and asks you to speed it up, calmly tell them that you’re perfecting your saunter.

A verb of unconfirmed origin, saunter means to “walk with a leisurely gait.” As a noun, saunter describes that leisurely gait. Henry David Thoreau once said “it is a great art to saunter.” So while crossing a busy street may not be the best time to test out your sauntering abilities, feel free to practice when you're not in a hurry.

Definitions of saunter

v walk leisurely and with no apparent aim

Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

n a careless leisurely gait

“he walked with a kind of saunter as if he hadn't a care in the world”
Type of:
a person's manner of walking

n a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

amble, perambulation, promenade, stroll
meander, ramble
an aimless amble on a winding course
a public stroll by a celebrity to meet people informally
Type of:
the act of walking somewhere

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