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maunder, v.2

Forms:  16 mander, 16– maunder; English regional 18 monedur, 18– maander, 18– maandther, 18– mander, 18– marnder, 18– maundher, 18– meander, 18– mêander, 18– moander; Scottish 17– mauner, 18– maunder, 18– maunner; Irish English (northern) 18– maunder. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Of uncertain origin.
Etymology: Origin uncertain. Perhaps the same word as maunder v.1; or perhaps imitative. With senses 2   and 3   compare daunder  , variant of dander v.; with sense 2   compare later meander v. 4. Compare slightly earlier maundering n.
Recorded in Eng. Dial. Dict. s.v. in widespread locations in England.

 1. intransitive. To grumble, mutter, moan. Now regional.Very common in the 17th cent.

1622   J. Mabbe tr. M. Alemán Rogue i. 253   When I heard them thus mutter and maunder against him, I came vnto them.
1624   R. Burton Anat. Melancholy (ed. 2) iii. iii. ii. 476   At home, abroad, hee is the same, still enquiring, mandring, gazing, listning, affrighted with euery small obiect.
a1632   T. Taylor God's Judgem. (1642) iv. 55   She began to mander and murmur.
a1708   W. Beveridge Private Thoughts Relig. (1709) 267   Not repining at their Masters lawful Commands, not muttering and maundering against them.
1711   Swift Jrnl. to Stella 28 Apr. (1948) I. 256   I hate to buy for her: I'm sure she'll maunder.
1740   tr. C. de F. de Mouhy Fortunate Country Maid II. 354   The Door was open'd: he maunder'd; but Julia was before hand with him. She said [etc.].
1793   T. Scott Poems 358   Slawly climbs a brae Whare nae tell-tale echo mauners, Ance to mock him when sae wae.
1818   Scott Heart of Mid-Lothian iv, in Tales of my Landlord 2nd Ser. I. 125   What are ye maundering and greeting for?
1848   C. Kingsley Saint's Trag. iv. i. 181   Let halting worldlings..Maunder against earth's ties, yet clutch them still.
1865   I. Banks God's Providence House II. iii. 79   You maunder about a shock which has made you not yourself!
1876   C. C. Robinson Gloss. Words Dial. Mid-Yorks. 81/2   Mêander, to murmur, complainingly. Also, to whine.
1996   C. I. Macafee Conc. Ulster Dict. 218/2   Maunder, grumble.

1622—1996(Hide quotations)


 a. intransitive. To move or act in a dreamy, idle, or purposeless manner; to dawdle. Frequently with along, away, over. Cf. dander v. 1.

1775   ‘T. Bobbin’ Misc. Wks. 51   I maundert up on deawn hereobeawt ogen, oth' seme sleeveless arnt.
1790   A. Wheeler Westmorland Dial. i. 27   I lost me sel on thor plaguy Fels, an I been maunderin twoa heaal Neets an twoa Days.
1841   E. Bulwer-Lytton Night & Morning I. ii. vi. 322   A day-dreamer, who had wasted away his life in dawdling and maundering over Simple Poetry.
1887   A. Jessopp Arcady vii. 218   He came maundering after Miss Tasker thirty years ago.
1890   H. Frederic Lawton Girl 56   She..maundered along wearily through such tasks of the day as forced themselves upon her.
1903   Everybody's Mag. 9 128   The first thing you discover, as you maunder through the hall, Is a curious little clock upon a bracket on the wall.
1968   S. J. Perelman Let. 14 May in Don't tread on Me (1987) 242   I maundered into weedy tombs and necropolises, stabbing weakly at the earth in the hope of uncovering a Bronze Age jawbone.
1986   Times 14 Apr. 23/1   He maunders through the Bank, compiling his data and composing his thoughts for the next Bulletin.

1775—1986(Hide quotations)


 b. transitive. To fritter away (one's time, life, etc.). rare.

1846   C. G. F. Gore Men of Capital I. vii. 150   When I asked you what had induced so great a crowd-seeker as yourself to maunder away so large a portion of the season in the country, [etc.].
1867   Bp. S. Wilberforce Speeches on Missions (1874) 61   To take things as they are, and not to maunder away our lives and our sympathies.

1846—1867(Hide quotations)


 a. intransitive. To talk in a dreamy, rambling, or incoherent manner; to ramble or wander in one's talk. Frequently with away, on. Cf. dander v. 2a.

1816   Scott Antiquary II. vii. 186   ‘But I submit—Heaven's will be done.’ Thus continued the Antiquary to maunder.
1822   J. Galt Sir Andrew Wylie III. xxxiii. 286   Brother, ye're maunnering..I wish ye would be still and compose yoursel.
1860   W. Collins Woman in White 121   While he was maundering on in this way I was..returning to my senses.
1865   D. Livingstone & C. Livingstone Narr. Exped. Zambesi iii. 68   We might maunder away about intellect.
1898   B. Kirkby Lakeland Words 100   He was maunderen on aboot what he was worth.
a1948   D. Welch Last Sheaf (1951) 199   What I find so strange is the way forbidding-looking hearties..melt and maunder over their flea-ridden pets.
1988   Paragraph 11 196   Leftists maunder on about police ‘mistakes’, abortion, ecology, racism.

1816—1988(Hide quotations)


 b. transitive. To say in a dreamy, rambling, or incoherent manner. Also with away, out. Now rare.

1834   T. Carlyle Sartor Resartus i. iv. 11/1   Mumbling and maundering the merest commonplaces.
1860   All Year Round 22 Sept. 569   Signor Tagliafico's double maunders out good Tory port wine sentiments.
1861   T. Hughes Tom Brown at Oxf. I. vi. 112   The help..was maundering away some..sentimental ditty.
1907   E. M. Forster Longest Journey 334   For those..who crawl home by the railings and maunder repentance in the morning, he had a biting contempt.

1834—1907(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, March 2001).

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