Your character enjoys walking. Or maybe they don’t, but they have to do it often because they are too young to drive or because their car broke, or because they are too poor to afford a car in the first place. Whichever it is, here are forty-seven ways to not only avoid repeating walk over and over again, but to actually describe with one single word how your character moves.
- to amble – to walk in a slow pace, leisurely
- to bounce – to walk energetically
- to careen – to move swiftly and in a swaying motion or without control
- to falter – to move with hesitation or unsteadily
- to flounder – to move clumsily and with difficulty (especially in water/mud)
- to footslog – to walk with effort and for a great distance (usually used for soldiers)
- to hike – to walk a long distance in the country or wilderness
- to hobble – to walk unsteadily, usually because of an injury
- to limp – to walk with difficulty due to an injured/stiff leg
- to lumber – to walk slowly, clumsily
- to lurch – to move abruptly, in a staggering motion
- to march – to walk steadily, with rhythmic steps
- to meander – to move aimlessly, idly, without direction
- to mince – to walk delicately, with short quick steps
- to mosey – to move in a leisurely manner
- to pace – to walk in consistent speed, usually back and forth due to anxiety/annoyance
- to parade – to walk in an attention-seeking way
- to prowl – to move in a predatory manner
- to ramble – walking for pleasure (usually on a defined route), leisurely
- to roam – to move about aimlessly, over a large area
- to sashay – to walk with exaggerated movements of the hips
- to saunter – to walk leisurely
- to scuff – to walk without lifting your feet, scraping the ground
- to shamble – to move slowly, awkwardly
- to skulk – to move stealthily
- to somnambulate – to sleepwalk
- to stagger – to walk with difficulty
- to stalk – to walk stiffly, haughtily or in anger
- to stomp – to move noisily, with heavy steps, usually to display anger
- to stride – to walk with long steps, often in a vigorous pace
- to stroll – to walk aimlessly, leisurely
- to strut – to walk in an arrogant, conceited way
- to stumble – to momentarily lose your balance, to trip and almost fall
- to swagger – to walk in a confident and sometimes arrogant or aggressive way
- to tiptoe – to walk quietly with your heels raised
- to totter – to move in an unsteady way
- to traipse – to move wearily or aimlessly
- to tramp – to walk heavily, noisily
- to trample – to walk with the intention of crushing whatever you step on
- to tread – walk slowly, steadily
- to tromp – to walk heavily
- to trot – to move in a hurry
- to trudge – to walk with heavy steps, usually due to exhaustion and/or hard conditions
- to waddle – to walk clumsily and in a swaying motion
- to wade – to walk through liquid or snow
- to wander – to walk aimlessly
- to wobble – to move unsteadily from one side to the other
While I was searching for verbs to compile this list, I came across several terms that I already knew, but didn’t realize they also meant walk.
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