Do you think there is any difference between stroll and saunter? Can we use one of them to replace another in sentences?
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I'd say saunter is more aimless and leisurely, but that could just be my personal take on it.
Ahava_yinDo you think there is any difference between stroll and saunter? Can we use one of them to replace another in sentences?As to this question, Samuel Hayakawa said in his "Choose the Right Word" as follows.
Amble, stroll and saunter suggest a slow, wandering movement without a clear-cut goal; each may furthermore suggest laziness, leisure, indecisiveness, or simply enjoyment of walking.
Amble emphasizes a leisurely but even movement, smooth and uninterrupted: "She ambled without stopping at any of the displays". The smooth, swaying motion suggested derives from a horse's amble, in which two feet on one side are lifted together alternately with the two feet on the other side.
Stroll emphasizes a slower movement, more wandering and aimless, with suggestions of many starts and pauses: "She strolled through the park with many a bench she came across".
Saunter suggests an even movement, like amble, but it indicates cheerfulness as well. One might stroll while attending to disagreeable thoughts, but one would hardly saunter in such a state of mind: "whistling, as he sauntered along the beach".
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