astray

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈstrā \

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


ASTRAY Defined for English Language Learners

astray

adverb

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

astray

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈstrā \

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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