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stray

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noun \ˈstrā\

Simple Definition of stray

  • : an animal (such as a cat or dog) that is lost or has no home

  • : a person or thing that is separated from a group

Full Definition of stray

  1. 1a :  a domestic animal that is wandering at large or is lostb :  a person or thing that strays

  2. 2 [Middle English, from straien to stray] archaic :  the act of going astray

Examples of stray

  1. Both of her cats were strays that she found wandering in the neighborhood.



Origin of stray

Middle English, from Anglo-French estraié, past participle of estraier


First Known Use: 13th century

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stray

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of stray

  • : to go in a direction that is away from a group or from the place where you should be

Full Definition of stray

  1. :  wander: asa :  to wander from company, restraint, or proper limitsb :  to roam about without fixed direction or purposec :  to move in a winding course :  meanderd :  to move without conscious or intentional effort <eyes straying absently around the room>e :  to become distracted from an argument or train of thought <strayed from the point>f :  to wander accidentally from a fixed or chosen routeg :  err, sin

stray·er noun

Examples of stray

  1. The airplane strayed off course.

  2. <our straying son swears he's returned to the straight and narrow>



Origin of stray

Middle English straien, from Anglo-French estraier, from Vulgar Latin *extravagare, from Latin extra- outside + vagari to wander — more at extra-


First Known Use: 14th century


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stray

adjective

Simple Definition of stray

  • of an animal : lost or having no home

  • : separated from another or others of the same kind

  • : not in or going in the proper or intended place

Full Definition of stray

  1. 1 :  having strayed or escaped from a proper or intended place <a stray dog>

  2. 2 :  occurring at random or sporadically <stray thoughts>

  3. 3 :  not serving any useful purpose :  unwanted <stray light>



STRAY Defined for Kids

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stray

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noun \ˈstrā\

Definition of stray

  1. :  a domestic animal (as a cat or dog) that is lost or has no home




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stray

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verb

Definition of stray

strayedstray·ing

  1. 1 :  to wander from a group or from the proper place :  roam <The gate was left open and the cow strayed.>

  2. 2 :  to go off from a direct or chosen route or the right course <We strayed from the path.>

  3. 3 :  to become distracted from a topic or train of thought



Headscratcher for stray

Remove one letter from stray and you get its opposite: stay.


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stray

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adjective

Definition of stray

  1. 1 :  lost or having no home <a stray dog>

  2. 2 :  not in the proper or intended place <I found a few stray socks.>

  3. 3 :  occurring here and there :  random <a few stray hairs>





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