November 07, 2012
- perambulate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to walk over or through2 : to walk in a leisurely or idle manner : to move from place to place for no special reason
- How do you use it?
- One of Nora's chief pleasures on a mild autumn evening is to perambulate through the park and observe the changing colors of the foliage.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think first came into English at about the same time as "perambulate?"In the 1560s, people were attending matinee performances at theaters, clothing included ruffles around the neck, and sailors were navigating the globe. And in the 1560s, the word "perambulate" first appeared in English. It was the noun "Canadian" that was introduced into English at about the same time, however, along with the name of the tropical bird the "toucan," additions which reflected the northern and southern sections of the New World. Other newcomers at this time included "entertaining," "encouragement," and "slovenly," as well as "falling out," meaning "quarrel," and "wrap up," meaning "to bring to a conclusion."