Synonyms for “to walk”

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In an earlier blog post we have looked at the importance of a Thesaurus and how using one can make you sound more professional in business conversations, or improve your writing in general to hook your audience by using more than one expression for the same act.


To help you even further, we have collected some synonyms (words that have the same meaning) for overused words in stories as well as reports. Yet, we won’t only list them, but actually give a neat little overview about their different nuances in meaning as well. Thus, you will be able to choose the perfect one for your context.


Starting off with this blog article, we will look at the word “walking“.

Synonyms for “to walk”

  1. to advance: to move towards something
  2. to amble: to go at a slow and easy pace
  3. to ambulate: to move from place to place
  4. to bolt: to make a sudden move forwards
  5. to bounce: to walk in a lively and energetic manner
  6. to canter: to move at a canter, galloping
  7. to crawl: to move fowards with the body pressed against the floor
  8. to creep: to move with the body close to the floor
  9. to dash: to move fast, also with violence
  10. to escort: to accompany someone as an escort
  11. to falter: to move unsteadily
  12. to flaunt: to walk around to show off
  13. to go: to be in motion or to continue to be in motion
  14. to hike: to walk a great distance, mostly through rural areas, for pleasure
  15. to hobble: to move unsteadily, limply
  16. to jog: to move in a medium speed, for exercise
  17. to lead: to go first or to show someone the way by doing so
  18. to limp: to walk in a slow and faltering manner
  19. to locomote: to move about
  20. to loiter: to wander aimlessly and slowly with unnecessary stops and breaks
  21. to lurch: to drag the feet while walking with difficulties, in risk of falling
  22. to march: to walk in an even speed, steadily
  23. to meander: to walk aimlessly
  24. to mosey: to walk leisurely
  25. to pace: to take slow and regular steps
  26. to parade: to march in a procession or walking in a showing off kind of way
  27. to patrol: to walk along a certain area, watchful
  28. to peacock: to strut and show off, moving like a peacock
  29. to plod: to move heavily, with great effort
  30. to prance: to move by springing from the hind legs
  31. to promenade: to walk around leisurely, especially in a public place
  32. to race: to move at a fast pace, also in a competition
  33. to roam: to walk or travel without a fixed destination
  34. to rove: to wander aimlessly without any direction, especially over fast distances
  35. to run: to move very quickly by foot, also in haste
  36. to rush: to move with great speed, hastily
  37. to sashay: to move easily and nonchalantely
  38. to saunter: to walk very leisurely
  39. to scuff: to drag the feet over the ground
  40. to shuffle: to walk without lifting the feet
  41. to sneak: to walk in a cautious, stealthy manner
  42. to sprint: to run in full speed, also for competition
  43. to stagger: to move or stay unsteady
  44. to step: to move forward over a short distance, often hesitantly
  45. to stray: to wander from the designated course
  46. to stride: to walk with long steps, in haste or with vigor
  47. to stroll: to wander leisurely
  48. to strut: to walk with a pompous attitude, as if trying to impress
  49. to stumble: to walk unsteadily with the risk of falling
  50. to stump: to walk heavily, as if hindered, as if having a wooden leg
  51. to swagger: to walk with a defiant attitude
  52. to tiptoe: to move with caution, silently
  53. to toddle: to move with short and unbalanced steps, like a small child
  54. to traipse: to wander aimlessly without ever reaching the goal
  55. to tramp: to walk with firm and heavy steps
  56. to traverse: to pass through something
  57. to tread: to step down heavily, firmly
  58. to trek: to travel with difficulties
  59. to troop: to walk in big numbers
  60. to trudge: to walk with great effort, tired
  61. to wander: to go aimlessly, also for very long distances