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stagger

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verb stag·ger \ˈsta-gər\

Definition of stagger

staggered

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staggering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to reel from side to side :  totterb :  to move on unsteadily staggered toward the door

  3. 2 :  to waver in purpose or action :  hesitate

  4. 3 :  to rock violently the ship staggered

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to doubt or hesitate :  perplex

  7. 2 :  to cause to reel or totter

  8. 3 :  to arrange in any of various zigzags, alternations, or overlappings of position or time stagger work shifts stagger teeth on a cutter

staggerer

play \-gər-ər\ noun

Examples of stagger in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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stagger

noun stag·ger

Definition of stagger

  1. 1 staggers plural in form but singular or plural in construction :  an abnormal condition of domestic animals associated with damage to the central nervous system and marked by incoordination and a reeling unsteady gait

  2. 2 :  a reeling or unsteady gait or stance

  3. 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 in a Sentence

  1. He walked with a slight stagger.

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First Known Use of stagger

1577

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stagger

adjective stag·ger

Definition of stagger

  1. :  marked by an alternating or overlapping pattern

First Known Use of stagger

1918


STAGGER Defined for English Language Learners

stagger

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verb

Definition of stagger for English Language Learners

  • : 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

stagger

noun

Definition of stagger for English Language Learners

  • : an unsteady movement while walking or standing


STAGGER Defined for Kids

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stagger

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verb stag·ger \ˈsta-gər\

Definition of stagger for Students

staggered

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staggering

  1. 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. 2 :  to cause or feel great surprise or shock The news staggered me.

  3. 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


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stagger

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noun stag·ger

Definition of stagger for Students

  1. :  a reeling or unsteady walk



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