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Verbs for human movement

Mostly for movement on foot

 

Verbs are the most important words in a sentence.

 

This is not a comprehensive list. It is one of my works in progress. If you can add to it, please let me know.

 

 

 

accompanied

advanced

ambled

ankled (it)

approached

arose

ascended

 

backed

backpedaled

barged (in/into)

barreled

battled

beat (it)

beat a (hasty) retreat

beat feet

beetled

belted

blasted

blew

blundered

boarded

boiling (along, into)

bolted

boogied

bombed

bopped

bounced

bounded

bowled along

breezed (by/in/into)

broke (away/out)

bucketed

bulled

bulldozed

burst

bustled

buzzed

 

cakewalked

cantered

capered

careened

careered

cavorted

charged

chased

cheated

chugged

churned

clawed

cleared (out)

climbed

clipped (along)

coasted

combed

commuted

covered

crashed into

crawled

crept

crossed

crowded

cruised

cut and run

cut out

 

dallied

danced

darted

dashed

dawdled

decamped

departed

deserted

disappeared

dismounted

disported

distanced

dived

dogged (it)

dogtrotted

doubled back

double-timed (it)

dragged

drew back

drifted

dropped

drove

ducked (out/into)

dug

 

eased

edged

elbowed

embarked

escaped

escorted

evacuated

exercised

exited

exploded

explored

 

fell back

filed

flapped

flashed

flaunted

fled

flew

flew the coop

flipped

flirted

flitted

floated

flopped

flounced

floundered

fluttered

followed

footed (it)

forced

fought

frisked

frolicked

 

gallivanted

galloped

galumphed

gamboled

ghosted

glided

got cracking

got out

got the lead out

gravitated

grazed

groveled

grubbed

gypsied

 

hastened

hauled

hauled ass

headed for the hills

heeled (it)

hied

hightailed (it)

hiked

hit the road

hitched

hobbled

hoofed (it)

hopped

hotfooted (it)

hounded

hovered

huddled

hulked

humped (it)

hunched

hunted

hurdled

hurried

hurtled

hustledhdled

 

inched

intruded

 

jerked

jibed

jigged

jiggled

jogged

jogtrotted

jolted

jostled

journeyed

jumped

 

kicked in (behind)

knocked (about/around)

 

labored

lagged

larked

launched

lead

leaped

legged (it)

legged (out)

light-footed (it) [sneaked]

limped

lingered

lit (out)

loafing (along)

loitered

lolled

loped

lounged

lumbered

lurched

lurked

 

made a beeline for

made a break

made off

made tracks

maneuvered

marched

meandered

migrated

milled

minced

moped

moseyed

moved

mounted

muscled (way thru)

 

navigated

negotiated

nestled

nosed

 

paced

padded

paraded

parried

parted

passed

patrolled

pattered

pelted

picked (way thru)

pirouetted

pitter-patterned

played

plied (way thru)

plodded

plowed

plunged

poked (about/along)

pounded

pranced

proceeded

promenaded

prowled

pulled out

pursued

pushed (on/off)

pussyfooted

puttered (about)

 

quirked

quit

 

raced

rambled

ran

ran down

ranged

rattled

recoiled

reeled

retired

retreated

ripped

roamed

roared

rocked

rocketed

rode

rode shank’s  mare

rolled

rollicked

romped

rose

rounded

roved

rumbled

rushed

sailed

sallied

sashayed

sauntered

scaled

scampered

schlepped(some-thing)

scooted

scorched

scoured

scouted

scrambled

scudded

scuffed

scurried

scuttled

shadowed

shagged (it)(ass)

shambled

shanked (it) (walked)

shilly-shallied

shimmered

shimmied

shinned

shook off

shot

shouldered (thru)

shoved

shoved off

shrank

shuffled

sidled

skated

skedaddledskidded

skidoodled

skied (on skis)

skimmed

skipped

skipped out

skittered

skulked

slammed

sledded

slid

slinked/slunk

slipped

slithered

slogged

slouched

slued

slugged (it) [var. of slogged]

smoked (it)

snaked

sneaked

snooped

soared

sped

split

sported

sprang

sprinted

spun

spurted

staggered

stalked

stampeded

steamed (along, into)

stepped

stepped on it

stole

stormed

straggled

strayed

streaked

strode

strolled

struck out (for)

struggled

strutted

stumbled

stumped

swaggered

swayed

swept

swerved

swished

swooped

 

tiptoed

tacked

tagged

tailed

tarried

threaded

toddled

toiled

took flight

took off

took shoe-leather express

took to ___ heels

took wing

tooled

tore

tore along

tore out

toured

tottled

tottered

tracked (down)

trailed

traipsed

tramped

traveled

traversed

treaded

trekked

tripped

trolled

tromped

trooped

trotted

trudged

trundled

tumbled

turned

twined

twirled

twisted

 

undulated

 

vacated

vamoosed

vaulted

veered

 

waddled

waded (into)

wafted

walked

waltzed

wandered

whipped

whirled

whisked

whistled

whizzed

whooshed

wiggled

winged it

withdrew

wobbled

wombled (tottered or wavered)

worked

wormed

wound

wove

wrestled

wriggled

 

yawed

 

zigzagged

zipped

zoomed

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