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New Writer’s Tips: Words for Walking

There are many writers who do not experiment with common words and instead end up repeating the same word which ends up reducing the quality of narration. “Walk”, or even worse “moved”, is the most common word that is used this way.

Now, why do you need to use synonyms and what do I mean by reducing the quality of narration?

Imagine you are reading this:

Pinky walked to the candy store. Then she walked to the school. After a while, she walked home. Then Pinky and her mother thought of going to their Aunt Femina’s place. Since they did not have a car, they decided to walk there.”

Of course, this is a hyperbole but imagine the horror you put your reader through when you keep using the same word repeatedly.

So, here are some of the words that you can use (listed alphabetically) instead of “walk”:

  • Accompany: Walk with someone
  • Advances: Walk purposefully
  • Amble: Walk Leisurely
  • Ambulate: Walk
  • Ankle off: Walk away
  • Approach: Walk towards someone
  • Barge: Walk forcefully
  • Bimble: Walk slowly
  • Bolt: Run
  • Bounce: Walk energetically
  • Careen: Walk in a way that the person is pitching dangerously to one side
  • Charge: Run forward with an aim
  • Clump: Walk clumsily
  • Crawl: Move forward on hands and knees
  • Creep: Walk slowly and carefully so as to not make any noise
  • Dart: Run
  • Dash: Run
  • Dawdle: Walk slowly and idly
  • Escort: Walk/ accompany someone somewhere
  • Falter: Walk hesitatingly
  • Flounder: Walk with difficulty
  • Flounce: Walk in an exaggerated or angry manner
  • Foot it: Depart
  • Footslog: March for a long distance
  • Forge ahead: Walk steadily
  • Gallop: Walk at a great speed
  • Gimp: Walk limply
  • Hike: Long walk
  • Hobble: Walk unsteadily
  • Hoof it: Walk away
  • Hurry: Walk fast
  • Leg it: Walk away
  • Limp: Walk impeded by physical injury
  • Lumber: Walk heavily/clumsily
  • Lurch: Walk as if unable to control one’s movements
  • March: Walk rhythmically
  • Meander: Walk in a circular manner
  • Mince: Walk dedicatedly
  • Mosey: Walk aimlessly
  • Nip: Walk briskly
  • Pace: Walk intently
  • Parade: Walk in a procession
  • Perambulate: Walk to investigate
  • Peregrinate: Walk while travelling
  • Plod: Walk slowly
  • Pound: Walk slowly and heavily
  • Power walk: Walk briskly, usually for exercise
  • Prance: Walk with joy
  • Promenade: Walk ostentatiously
  • Prowl: Walk in a predatory manner
  • Pussyfoot: Walk stealthily
  • Ramble: Walk aimlessly
  • Roam: Wander about
  • Run: Walk at a great speed
  • Rush: Walk with urgency
  • Sashay: Walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner
  • Saunter: Walk without any aim
  • Scamper: Run with quick light steps
  • Scuff: Walk while dragging one’s feet
  • Scurry: Move hurriedly with short quick steps
  • Shamble: Move with a slow, shuffling, awkward gait
  • Shuffle: Walk by dragging one’s feet along
  • Skulk: Walk stealthily
  • Sprint: Run at full speed
  • Somnambulate: Sleepwalking
  • Stagger: Walk with difficulty
  • Stalk: Walk stiffly
  • Stomp: Walk heavily and noisily
  • Stride: Walk with long steps
  • Stroll: Walk leisurely without aim
  • Strut: Walk with proud gait
  • Stumble: Miss a step while walking
  • Stump: Walk stiffly and noisily
  • Swagger: Walk with proud gait
  • Tiptoe: Walk quietly and carefully on one’s toes
  • Toddle: A young child’s unsteady walk
  • Totter: Walk with stagger
  • Traik: Walk wearily or reluctantly over a long distance
  • Traipse: Walk or move wearily or reluctantly
  • Trudge: Walk heavily and firmly
  • Waddle: Walk unsteadily
  • Wade: Walk through shallow water




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