A glossary of terms related to walking. Compiled by the community.
Glossary of walking art
There are 13 definitions in this directory beginning with the letter M.
to stroll, meander, as in “I thought I’d marl along to see you.” And “He’s always marreling down the road somewhere.” from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English (University of Toronto Press, 1982). Many of these terms are from the 17th-century and were brought to Newfoundland with the settlers from England (the majority were from Wessex, mainly the counties of Dorset and Devon), and from Ireland (the majority were from a 30-mile radius of the city of Waterford). These terms survived here in Newfoundland after falling out of use in their original countries.Submitted by: Marlene Creates
1. Cockney music hall song-walk 'for me dear old Dutch'. 2. Two of us walking in an anything but straight line (me and ‘er).Submitted by: Hilary Ramsden and Stuart
a walk with someone, me and ...or aloneSubmitted by: Norma D Hunter / Meandors 2009 ( collection of short walks booklet)
what a wayfarer brings back and lays out on a table to tell of where she has been meow IN PRAISE OF WALKING 40 'definitions' by THOMAS A. CLARK 1988Submitted by: Elspeth Owen
a person, book, map, etc. that frames a series of walks and points of observation and contemplation with a particular town, city or landscape - it often places the fictional, fanciful, fragile and personal on equal terms with tangible, municipal historySubmitted by: Stephen Hodge
A two-step ballroom dance from the 1930's, adapted for making progress during the cycle of a blue moon. Suitable for round-the-year gliding. Always useful in a tight corner.Submitted by: Elspeth Owen
an unhurried (urban) walk, and “mosey over to...” to walk over and investigate something, to go and have a look, to have a gander - a mosey and a shufty alt: One of my personal favourites is ‘mosey’, which betrays my childhood watching old western movies on television. Folks would mosey on down to the saloon, or whatever. Origin unknown. I use ‘mosey’ with my dog, to suggest a shared outing whose goal is exploratory pleasure (both of us), rather than a quick pee (him). It’s a word we share and that he recognizes means some joint fun: with all my own work about walking and various associated discussions, I wanted a term that would be special for him — and not have him perking to attention at every mention of “w-a-l-k”!Submitted by: Melissa Bliss & Kathleen Vaughan
Mynd am dro
(Welsh/Cymraeg) meaning to 'take a turn' i.e. go for a walk. Which leads me to to take a turn, as it appears in Jane Austen etc i.e. let us take a turn round the garden. Not quite the same meaning as the Welsh.Submitted by: vcp
Submit a definition