Word list: Alternatives to "Walk"

Discussion in 'THREAD ARCHIVES' started by Reina, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Isn't it boring to use the same word "Walk" each time your character moves. Of course there are words like "Tiptoe" "Wander" etc. Which people use, but here is a big list of other words which you could also use.

    Instead of walk, consider:

    • Amble: walk easily and/or aimlessly
    • Bounce: walk energetically
    • Caper: skip or dance about in a lively or playful way
    • Careen: pitch dangerously to one side while walking or running
    • Cavort: jump or dance around excitedly
    • Clump: walk heavily and/or clumsily
    • Falter: walk unsteadily
    • Flounder: walk with great difficulty
    • Foot it: (slang) depart or set off by walking
    • Footslog: walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
    • Gimp: limp; hobble
    • Hike: take a long walk, especially in a park or a wilderness area
    • Hobble: walk unsteadily or with difficulty; see also limp
    • Hoof it: (slang) walk; see foot it
    • Leg it: (slang) see foot it
    • Limp: walk unsteadily because of injury, especially favoring one leg; see also falter
    • Lumber: walk slowly and heavily
    • Lurch: walk slowly but with sudden movements, or furtively
    • March: walk rhythmically alone or in a group, especially according to a specified procedure
    • Meander: walk or move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction
    • Mince: walk delicately
    • Mosey: see amble; also, used colloquially in the phrase “mosey along”
    • Nip: walk briskly or lightly; also used colloquially in the phrase “nip (on) over” to refer to a brief walk to a certain destination, as if on an errand
    • Pace: walk precisely to mark off a distance, or walk intently or nervously, especially back and forth
    • Pad: walk with steady steps making a soft dull sound
    • Parade: walk ostentatiously, as if to show off
    • Perambulate: see stroll; travel on foot, or walk to inspect or measure a boundary
    • Peregrinate: walk, especially to travel
    • Plod: walk slowly and heavily, as if reluctant or weary
    • Pound: walk or go with heavy steps; move along with force or vigor; see lumber
    • Power walk: walk briskly for fitness
    • Prance: walk joyfully, as if dancing or skipping
    • Promenade: go on a leisurely walk, especially in a public place as a social activity;see parade
    • Prowl: walk noiselessly and carefully in a predatory manner
    • Pussyfoot: walk stealthily or warily
    • Ramble: walk or travel aimlessly
    • Roam: go without fixed direction and without any particular destination, often for pleasure; see ramble
    • Rove: travel constantly over a relatively lengthy time period without a fixed destination; wander
    • Sashay: glide, move, or proceed easily or nonchalantly; see parade
    • Saunter: walk about easily
    • Scuff: walk without lifting one’s feet
    • Shamble: walk or go awkwardly; shuffle; see scuff
    • Shuffle: walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps and a shambling gait; seescuff
    • Skulk: move in a stealthy or furtive manner
    • Somnambulate: walk in one’s sleep
    • Stagger: walk unsteadily
    • Stalk: walk stealthily, as in pursuit
    • Step: walk, or place one’s foot or feet in a new position
    • Stomp: walk heavily, as if in anger
    • Stride: walk purposefully, with long steps
    • Stroll: walk in a leisurely way; see saunter
    • Strut: walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait; see parade
    • Stumble: walk clumsily or unsteadily, or trip
    • Stump: walk heavily, as with a limp; see lumber
    • Swagger: walk with aggressive self-confidence
    • Tiptoe: walk carefully on the toes or on the balls of the foot, as if in stealth
    • Toddle: move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child; see saunter and stagger
    • Totter: walk or go with faltering steps, as if from extreme weakness; see stagger(also, sway or become unstable)
    • Traipse: walk lightly and/or aimlessly
    • Tramp: walk heavily or noisily; see lumber and hike
    • Trample: walk so as to crush something underfoot
    • Traverse: walk across or over a distance
    • Tread: walk slowly and steadily
    • Trip: walk lightly; see also stumble
    • Tromp: tread heavily, especially to crush underfoot; see lumber
    • Troop: walk in unison, or collectively
    • Trot: proceed at a pace faster than a walk; see nip
    • Trudge: walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions; see plod
    • Waddle: walk clumsily or as if burdened, swinging the body
    • Wade: walk through water or with difficulty, as if impeded
    • Wander: to move from place to place without a fixed route; see ramble

    Hope that this helped!
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  2. This is a great thesaurus resource! <3 Thanks a bunch! Sometimes it's easy to over use action words like that! O_O
  3. I also like the phrase '[to] head in that direction'.
  4. @Diana Yeah I totally agree with that. I think that it's more interesting to use words like "Strut" and "Swagger" instead of just "Stomp", which is (in my opinion) overused.

    @Cammypengu Of course there are things like "Make one's way" "Move across the room" "To head in that direction" Etc. which could be used, and I could make a list of them as well but this list was just about simple words, not about expressions. Thank you for giving me a new idea though :)
  5. Thank you so much for this post!