I was wondering if there is a more precise verb to express "walk" for a pedestrian who is moving around a city, someone who is not "enjoying a nice walk with her/his partner" or "wandering around" but moving with a clear purpose towards a direction. Something like "cruising" with your car when you are commuting to work.

Example sentence: you can see a difference in the navigation pattern of a subject who is simply enjoying social life outdoors from one that is walking as a mean of transportation to get from point A to point B; the first is slow and erratic, the second is fast and traces a neat trajectory

  • Can you provide an example sentence?
    – satnam
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 3:35
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    "He headed straight to work."
    – iMerchant
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 11:35

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While I found a multitude of words for "leisurely walk", I was a little taken aback upon searching for a word for "walking with a clear purpose". However, upon eliminating all the synonyms of "walk" which mean "to walk leisurely", I was left with the following list of words which could be used for your purpose (in decreasing order of relevance):

  1. March: to move in a direct purposeful manner

  2. Tread: to walk or proceed along

  3. Traipse: to go on foot

  4. Perambulate: to walk or travel through or round a place

  5. Stride: to move over or along with or as if with long measured steps

  6. Hike: a long walk or walking tour

(I have linked the meanings to point to their sources. )

  • Please provide a comment while downvoting so that the answer can be improved.
    – satnam
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 6:34
  • Thanks for the effort, I would say that some of them are precisely synonyms of wandering around (perambulate, traipse), but I appreciate the effort to make the list
    – A. Fenzry
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 7:24
  • maybe March is the one resembling the most, sounds a little bit odd for what i want to convey but I will take this one
    – A. Fenzry
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 7:25
  • I agree with you that using even "march" here is not very becoming ( although the least inappropriate). If you don't have to restrict yourself to a word, you can even use a phrase like "going about their business" etc.
    – satnam
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 8:16
  • "Stride" seems to me the best, and only real example worth considering from that list. Another might be "pace" - but that can imply running.
    – WS2
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 7:18

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