Definition of astray
1 : off the right path or route : straying
2 : in error : away from what is proper or desirable
Origin and Etymology of astray
Middle English, from Anglo-French estraié wandering, from estraier to stray — more at stray
First Known Use: 13th century
ASTRAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of astray for English Language Learners
: off the right path or route
: away from what is right, good, or desirable
ASTRAY Defined for Kids
Definition of astray for Students
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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