The term Peripatetic refers most properly to a philosopher
or student of philosophy
of the Aristotelian
school of thought; so called because Aristotle
's habit was to instruct his students while walking around (peripateo
) the groves in Athens
immediately outside his school (Lyceum
However, the term can also be applied to anyone of a philosophic bent, provided that they are walking about. So, the next time you feel like wandering aimlessly around the lecture hall, just tell your professor that you're feeling a little Peripatetic today. I'm sure he'll understand.