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Traveling, especially on foot.

[From Middle English waifaringe, journeying, from Old English wegfarende : weg, way; see way + farende, present participle of faran, to go on a journey; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

way′far′ing adj.


(ˈweɪˌfɛər ɪŋ)

adj., n.
traveling, esp. on foot.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wayfaring - traveling (especially on foot)
travel, traveling, travelling - the act of going from one place to another; "he enjoyed selling but he hated the travel"
Adj.1.wayfaring - traveling especially on foot; "peripatetic country preachers"; "a poor wayfaring stranger"
unsettled - not settled or established; "an unsettled lifestyle"


1. adj (old) (man, gipsy) → vagabondo/a
2. nvagabondaggi mpl
References in classic literature ?
A WAYFARING MAN, traveling in the desert, met a woman standing alone and terribly dejected.
Partial relatives have almost persuaded me that I am not entirely worthless in a duet myself; and we may enliven our wayfaring by indulging in our favorite pursuit.
The next morning they resumed their wayfaring, hungry and jaded, and had a dogged march of eighteen miles among the same kind of hills.
A TRANQUIL NIGHT'S REST had sufficiently restored the broken down traveller to enable him to resume his wayfaring, and all hands set forward on the Indian trail.
Dick would have lingered on the highway--ostensibly to point out to his companions the new flume that had taken the place of the condemned ditch, but really in the hope of exposing himself in his glory to the curious eyes of the wayfaring world.
There were no women or children, as she had seen in other gipsy camps they had passed in their wayfaring, and but one gipsy--a tall athletic man, who stood with his arms folded, leaning against a tree at a little distance off, looking now at the fire, and now, under his black eyelashes, at three other men who were there, with a watchful but half-concealed interest in their conversation.
A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting.
At mid-day, after talk and a little wayfaring, they slept; meeting the world refreshed when the air was cooler.
New Wayfaring Stranger with Phil Cunningham, left, explores the musical links between Scotland, Ulster and America going back to the 17th century.
Chuang Tzu's Nei P'ien Psychotherapeutic Commentaries: A Wayfaring Counselor's Rendering of the Seven Interior Records
In the vineyards of Margaret River, about three hours south of Perth, we discover a community abuzz with wayfaring workers harvesting grapes in quantities sufficient to produce more than 20% of the nation's premium wines.