[ verb ] move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment


"The gypsies roamed the woods" "roving vagabonds" "the wandering Jew" "The cattle roam across the prairie" "the laborers drift from one town to the next"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor...)

There the buffalo would roam , to be seen as a tapestry , not as moth-eaten zoo specimens .

(Newark Evening News...)

I grant that the dog may not be really protective , based on his training , but if you were roaming the streets looking_for a purse to snatch or a young_lady to molest , how quick would you be to attack a person strolling with a dog ?

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Sloan created such works for newspaper supplements before syndication threw him out of a job and sent him to roam the streets of New_York , thereby building for America an incomparable city survey from paintings of McSorley 's Saloon to breezy clotheslines on city roofs .

(Life BR-C16. Saturday Review, 44:15 (April 15, 1961)...)

Hurricane_Carla damaged 70 % of the marinas in the Galveston-Port_Aransas area but fuel service is back to normal , and explorers can roam as far west as Port_Isabel on the Mexican border .

(Idwal Jones, "Santa Cruz Run"...)

In the Spanish days Franciscan monks roamed here to collect the resin for incense .