\ ə-ˈstrā How to pronounce astray (audio) \

Definition of astray

1 : off the right path or route : straying
2 : in error : away from what is proper or desirable

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Synonyms & Antonyms for astray


afield, amiss, awry, wrong


aright, right, well

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Passes astray, poor control and generally no fluidity - hardly the enchanting start the public were looking for. SI.com, "It's Coming Home! Twitter Goes Berserk as England March Into First World Cup Semi-Final Since 1990," 7 July 2018 Alas, these are all the tell-tale signs of a wedding trend gone astray. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "37 Wedding Trend Mistakes to Avoid in 2019: Succulents, Family-Style Meals, and More," 31 Dec. 2018 Even the computer screen in front of him could lead him astray. Martha Irvine, The Seattle Times, "He’s a ‘tech addict’ who works in Seattle area’s tech industry," 26 Dec. 2018 And some cashmere wouldn’t go astray, either, especially with the random temperate drops on planes. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018 Rehabilitating Chechen wives who went astray in the clutch of the Islamic State sends a signal, analysts say, that alternatives to extremism exist. Washington Post, "Forgiven by her native Chechnya, a woman is returned from Islamic State," 2 July 2018 Some expats maintain a U.S. address or give a power-of-attorney to a U.S. person to ensure that official mail doesn’t go astray. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Thousands of Americans Will Be Denied a Passport Because of Unpaid Taxes," 6 July 2018 Someone notes that when things were going astray, who was going to call her on it? Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In revealing documentary 'Whitney,' a superstar's life unravels," 5 July 2018 Conservation director Emily Manderson thinks the bird might be a young male who wandered astray, looking for love. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "The Houston Arboretum’s newest resident: An exotic peacock," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of astray

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astray

Middle English, from Anglo-French estraié wandering, from estraier to stray — more at stray

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English Language Learners Definition of astray

: off the right path or route
: away from what is right, good, or desirable
\ ə-ˈstrā How to pronounce astray (audio) \

Kids Definition of astray

1 : off the right path or route Our rocket went astray after liftoff.
2 : in or into error Their plans have gone astray.

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