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To walk, or to walk in a particular way - thesaurus

Synonyms

walk

verb

to move forwards by putting one foot in front of the other

wander

verb

to travel from place to place, especially on foot, without a particular direction or purpose

stroll

verb

to walk without hurrying, often for pleasure

stride

verb

to walk with energy and confidence

pad

verb

to walk with quiet light regular steps

trek

verb

to walk somewhere slowly and with no enthusiasm, for example because you are tired

amble

verb

to walk in a slow relaxed way

saunter

verb

to walk in a slow and relaxed way

hike

verb

to go for a long walk in the countryside

follow

verb

to walk, drive etc behind someone, when you are going in the same direction as them

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be unsteady on your feet

to be unable to stand or walk easily

climb

verb

to walk to the top of something high

climb

verb

to walk to the top of some steps or stairs

clump

verb

to walk with heavy steps

continue

verb

to walk or travel further in the same direction

crawl

verb

to move along the ground on your hands and knees or with your body close to the ground

crawl

verb

when a baby crawls, it moves forwards on its hands and knees

fall in

literary if you fall in behind or beside someone, you start walking behind or beside them

fall into step

if you fall into step beside someone, you start walking beside them

file

verb

if people file somewhere, they walk there in a line

flounce

verb

to walk quickly in an impatient way, because you are angry

galumph

verb

informal to move in a heavy noisy way that is not graceful

go for/go on/take a walk

to walk for pleasure rather than for practical reasons

goose-step

verb

to march without bending your leg when you raise it

hoof it

informal to walk somewhere instead of travelling in a vehicle

lag

verb

to walk more slowly than someone who you are with

lollop

verb

to walk or run in a way that is relaxed but not graceful

lumber

verb

to walk slowly because of being large and heavy

march

verb

to walk somewhere quickly and in a determined, confident, or angry way

mince

verb

to walk with very short steps in a way that is not natural, or, if you are a man, seems more typical of a woman

mosey

verb

informal to walk somewhere very slowly, often without a purpose

pace

verb

to walk with regular steps around a small area, because you are worried, nervous, or impatient

parade

verb

showing disapproval to walk around so that people will look at you and admire you

patter

verb

to walk or run somewhere, making a series of short quiet sounds with your feet

perambulate

verb

very formal to walk around a place slowly or for pleasure

plod

verb

to walk with slow heavy steps

pound

verb

to walk or run with heavy and regular steps

prance

verb

to walk or move in a lively confident way that may seem silly or annoying to other people

prowl

verb

to walk around in a very nervous or angry way

ramble

verb

to go for a long walk in the countryside for enjoyment

rove

verb

mainly literary to move around an area without a definite direction or purpose

sashay

verb

to walk somewhere in a relaxed and confident manner

scuff

verb

if you scuff your feet, you do not lift them completely off the ground when you are walking

shamble

verb

to walk slowly in a tired or lazy way

shimmy

verb

to move your shoulders and hips from side to side as you dance or walk

shuffle

verb

to walk slowly and noisily without lifting your feet

slog

verb

informal to make a long and tiring journey somewhere, especially by walking

slosh

verb

to walk through water, mud, or snow in a noisy way

slouch

verb

to sit, walk, or stand with your shoulders bent forwards and your head low so that you look lazy

stalk

verb

to walk in a way that shows you feel angry or offended

stamp

verb

to walk putting your feet down hard and noisily on the ground, usually because you are angry

stand

verb

to put your foot on or in something by accident

step

verb

to move by putting one foot down in front of or behind the other

step

verb

to move or walk a short distance

stomp

verb

to walk making a lot of noise, usually because you are angry

stray

verb

to move around without thinking

stretch your legs

to go for a walk after you have been sitting for a long time

strike out

to walk or swim in a particular direction in a way that shows energy or determination

strut

verb

to walk in an especially confident and proud way

stump

verb

to walk, hitting the ground hard with your feet as you go

swagger

verb

showing disapproval to walk in a proud and confident way

take someone/something for a walk

to walk with a person or animal

tiptoe

verb

to walk on your toes

traipse

verb

to walk around slowly and without a specific direction

tramp

verb

to put your feet on the ground in a loud heavy way as you walk

tramp

verb

to walk slowly for a long distance

tread

verb

British to walk or step on something

trek

verb

to go on a long and difficult journey on foot. Some people go on holiday to do this

trip

verb

literary to move with quick light steps

troll

verb

informal to walk somewhere in a relaxed way

troop

verb

to walk somewhere in a group

trot

verb

to walk with short quick steps

trudge

verb

to walk somewhere with slow heavy steps

waddle

verb

to walk with short steps that make your body move from side to side like a duck’s body does when it walks

walk

verb

to go a particular distance by putting one foot in front of the other

walk off

to get rid of a bad feeling or condition by going for a walk

walk on

to continue walking in your intended direction

walk the dog

to walk with a pet so that it gets exercise

waltz

verb

informal to walk or go somewhere in a relaxed and confident way

yomp

verb

Britishinformal to walk fast over difficult ground

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