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meander (verb) (of a river) having a zigzag course; wander or walk about aimlessly; (of a conversation, speech, etc.,) develop slowly and change subject so often that it is difficult to understand and boring.

A river meanders if it flows in curves and turns about a lot as it flows; if its course is zigzag. He sailed down the river, as it meandered through the jungle; that is, it turned a lot, as it flowed. You meander along the streets if having nothing better to do you wander aimlessly and leisurely along the streets. You have no particular place to go to, and no serious work to attend to. It is difficult to follow a speaker if they meander in the course of their speech, because they change their subject often, and that makes the speech boring.

  • Downstream the river meanders through the plains before reaching the sea. It twists and turns so much and so often that navigation along the course is very difficult and requires a lot of skill.
  • The listeners were soon tiring of his speech. He meandered along, changing the topics of speech quite often. As a result, the speech was rather boring and difficult to follow.
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