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Definition of "peripatetic" [per•i•pa•tet•ic]

  • Walking about or from place to place; traveling on foot. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the philosophy or teaching methods of Aristotle, who conducted discussions while walking about in the Lyceum of ancient Athens. (adjective)
  • One who walks from place to place; an itinerant. (noun)
  • A follower of the philosophy of Aristotle; an Aristotelian. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "peripatetic" in a sentence
  • "That afternoon we were on the march in what Denham called our peripatetic hospital; but he was not happy."
  • "Henry Parecki might best be described as a peripatetic entrepreneur."
  • "From my own experience of reading parties, I should select as their peculiar characteristics, a tendency to hats and caps of such remarkable shapes, as, if once sported in the college quadrangle, would be the subject of a common-room _instanter_; and, among some individuals (whom we may call the peripatetic philosophers of the party) a predilection for seedy shooting-coats and short pipes, with which they perambulate the neighbourhood to the marvel of the aboriginal inhabitants; while those whom we may class with the stoics, display a preference for dressing-gowns and meerschaums, and confine themselves principally to the doorways and open windows of their respective lodgings."