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1stagger

verb stag·ger \ˈsta-gər\

: to move or cause (someone) to move unsteadily from side to side

: to shock or surprise (someone) very much

: to arrange (things) in a series of different positions or times

stag·geredstag·ger·ing \-g(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of STAGGER

intransitive verb
1
a :  to reel from side to side :  totter
b :  to move on unsteadily <staggered toward the door>
2
:  to waver in purpose or action :  hesitate
3
:  to rock violently <the ship staggered>
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to doubt or hesitate :  perplex
2
:  to cause to reel or totter
3
:  to arrange in any of various zigzags, alternations, or overlappings of position or time <stagger work shifts> <stagger teeth on a cutter>
stag·ger·er \-gər-ər\ noun
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Examples of STAGGER

  1. She staggered over to the sofa.
  2. A hard slap on the back staggered him.
  3. It staggers me to see how much money they've spent on this project.
  4. They staggered the runners' starting positions.

Origin of STAGGER

alteration of earlier stacker, from Middle English stakeren, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka to push; perhaps akin to Old English staca stake — more at stake
First Known Use: 15th century

2stagger

noun

: an unsteady movement while walking or standing

Full Definition of STAGGER

1
plural but sing or plural in constr :  an abnormal condition of domestic animals associated with damage to the central nervous system and marked by incoordination and a reeling unsteady gait
2
:  a reeling or unsteady gait or stance
3
:  an arrangement in which the leading edge of the upper wing of a biplane is advanced over that of the lower

Examples of STAGGER

  1. He walked with a slight stagger.

First Known Use of STAGGER

1577

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector

Rhymes with STAGGER

3stagger

adjective

Definition of STAGGER

:  marked by an alternating or overlapping pattern

First Known Use of STAGGER

1918
STAGGERER Defined for Kids

1stagger

verb stag·ger \ˈsta-gər\
stag·geredstag·ger·ing

Definition of STAGGER for Kids

1
:  to move or cause to move unsteadily from side to side as if about to fall :  reel <He staggered under the load's weight.>
2
:  to cause or feel great surprise or shock <The news staggered me.>
3
:  to arrange or be arranged in a zigzag but balanced way <She stared at the dark brown and purple ridges staggered in the distance … — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>

2stagger

noun

Definition of STAGGER for Kids

:  a reeling or unsteady walk

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