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
  1. verb
    walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
    synonyms: stroll
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. noun
    a careless leisurely gait
    “he walked with a kind of saunter as if he hadn't a care in the world”
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    type of:
    a person's manner of walking
  3. noun
    a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
    synonyms: amble, perambulation, promenade, stroll
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    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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