peripatetic c.1400 (n.), "disciple of Aristotle," from O.Fr. perypatetique (14c.), from L. peripateticus "pertaining to the disciples or philosophy of Aristotle," from Gk. peripatetikos "given to walking about" (especially while teaching), from peripatein, from peri- "around" (see PERI- (Cf. peri-)) + patein "to walk." Aristotle's custom was to teach while strolling through the Lyceum in Athens. In English, the philosophical meaning is older than that of "person who wanders about" (1610s). As an adj., attested in English 1560s in the philosophical sense, 1640s in the literal sense.

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  • Peripatetic — Per i*pa*tet ic, a. [L. peripateticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to walk about; ? about + ? to walk: cf. F. p[ e]ripat[ e]tique.] 1. Walking about; itinerant. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peripatetic — Per i*pa*tet ic, n. 1. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant. Tatler. [1913 Webster] 2. A disciple of Aristotle; an Aristotelian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • peripatetic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) travelling from place to place. 2) working or based in a succession of places. DERIVATIVES peripatetically adverb. ORIGIN Greek peripat tikos walking up and down …   English terms dictionary

  • peripatetic — [per΄i pə tet′ik] adj. [Fr péripatétique < L peripateticus < Gr peripatētikos < peripatein, to walk about < peri , around + patein, to walk < IE base * pent , to step, go > FIND] 1. [P ] of the philosophy or the followers of… …   English World dictionary

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