To go from place to place without any certain purpose or direction; to rove; to wander. "He roameth to the carpenter's house." (Chaucer) "Daphne roaming through a thorny wood." (Shak)

Synonyms: To wander, rove, range, stroll, ramble.

Origin: OE. Romen, ramen; cf. AS. Arman to raise, rise, D. Ramen to hit, plan, aim, OS. Rmn to strive after, OHG. Ramen. But the word was probably influenced by Rome; cf. OF. Romier a pilgrim, originally, a pilgrim going to Rome, It. Romeo, Sp. Romero. Cf. Ramble.

To range or wander over. "And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam." (Milton)

(01 Mar 1998)

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