AskDefine | Define maunder

Dictionary Definition



1 wander aimlessly
2 talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice [syn: mumble, mutter, mussitate]
3 speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly [syn: chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈmɔːndə/ italbrac RP
  • /ˈmɔndɚ/ italbrac US


  1. To speak in a disorganized or desultory manner; to babble or prattle.
    • Don’t bring up politics around him; it will only cause him to maunder incessantly.
  2. To wander or walk aimlessly.


  • 1871 — Henry James, A Passionate Pilgrim, ch IV
    On the following day my friend's exhaustion had become so great that I began to fear his intelligence altogether broken up. But toward evening he briefly rallied, to maunder about many things, confounding in a sinister jumble the memories of the past weeks and those of bygone years.
  • 1889 — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, ch XVII
    "What are you maundering about? He's going out from here a free man and whole—he's not going to die."

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Extensive Definition

Maunder can mean "To talk incoherently or aimlessly", or can refer to:
  • Maunder Minimum, period c. AD 1645–1715, when sunspots became exceedingly rare
maunder in German: Maunder
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