strad·​dle | \ ˈstra-dᵊl How to pronounce straddle (audio) \
straddled; straddling\ ˈstrad-​liŋ How to pronounce straddling (audio) , ˈstra-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of straddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to stand, sit, or walk with the legs wide apart especially : to sit astride
2 : to spread out irregularly : sprawl
3 : to favor or seem to favor two apparently opposite sides
4 : to execute a commodities market spread

transitive verb

1 : to stand, sit, or be astride of straddle a horse campsites straddling the river
2 : to be noncommittal in regard to straddle an issue
3 : to belong in part to (each of several categories) a movie straddling genres
straddle the fence
: to be in a position of neutrality or indecision



Definition of straddle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or position of one who straddles
2 : a noncommittal or equivocal position

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Other Words from straddle


straddler \ ˈstrad-​lər How to pronounce straddler (audio) , ˈstra-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

Verb Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luckily, there’s a rare type of candle perfect for these moments: transitional candles that straddle the line between seasons perfectly and can carry us seamlessly from summer to fall. Anna Borges, SELF, "19 Transition Candles to Carry You From Summer to Fall," 10 Sep. 2020 In many ways, Friday seemed to straddle what many consider a cultural borderline between summer and fall. Washington Post, "A day before Labor Day weekend, Friday showed the heat of a summer’s day," 5 Sep. 2020 Rittenhouse was living in Antioch, Illinois, about a half hour drive from Kenosha through farm fields and country roads that straddle the border between the two states. Casey Tolan, CNN, "A Black man shot in the back, a teenage shooting suspect, a city in flames: The week that shook Kenosha and the country," 4 Sep. 2020 The Klamath Basin features a complex of national wildlife refuges that straddle the California-Oregon border. Tom Stienstra,, "Avian botulism kills 40,000 birds, threatens millions more in Klamath Refuge," 1 Sep. 2020 The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to straddle the line between staying focused on their second-round playoff series against the Miami Heat while also keeping an eye on what is happening back in their home state. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kyle Korver leads Bucks in expressing disappointment in Wisconsin legislature after seconds-long special session Monday," 1 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, validators straddle the middle, taking a more neutral position. Dina Cheney, Good Housekeeping, "Talking Politics? Ask Your Partner These Questions to Strengthen Your Relationship," 24 Aug. 2020 As John Klingberg entered the zone, Tyler Seguin lost his balance along the boards and had to stretch to straddle the blue line by stretching out to remain onside. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Drama of Stars’ Game 4 overtime win was heightened by two third-period reviews," 16 Aug. 2020 For those who straddle more than one country, like H-1B workers, the swirl of rumours about looming action by Donald Trump against the visa category added another agonising layer of uncertainty to the upheaval caused by the coronavirus. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indians in the US scrambled to get ahead of Trump’s H-1B suspension," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pointing out that large suburbs such as Bolingbrook, Naperville and Tinley Park straddle different counties and different regions, Holland said that any restrictions affecting one area and leaving another untouched can present concerns. Mike Nolan,, "Will County bars, restaurants prepare for renewed ban on indoor dining, drinking," 25 Aug. 2020 The public companies that have so far restored executive pay straddle the automotive, restaurant, and retail industries. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Coronavirus cuts to CEO pay were short-lived," 25 June 2020 But as China’s relations with the West have become more fraught, that straddle is turning into an uncomfortable and unsteady split. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China or the West: Hong Kong Business Is Being Forced to Decide," 9 June 2020 The projections are based on an options trade called a straddle, which entails acquiring both bullish and bearish options contracts that allow investors to buy or sell stock at a specific price. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Tesla Poised for Dramatic Move After Earnings, Options Show," 28 Jan. 2020 The 228-acre property straddles the river, with a manufacturing complex on the Maryland riverbank and a limekiln and a million-gallon storage tank on the West Virginia side. Washington Post, "Maryland environmental officials investigate leak in Upper Potomac River near shuttered paper mill," 25 Oct. 2019 Fructose is a weapons-grade sweetener, and sucrose straddles the spectrum to provide backup on both sides. Ali Bouzari,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 Keiko Matsui Pianist-composer-producer straddles jazz, classical and rock. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: NF, Juan Luis Guerra, Maxo Kream, Peppa Pig," 17 Oct. 2019 His purple district straddles Fairfax and Prince William counties. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "Beto O’Rourke stumps in Virginia for Democrats in pivotal state elections," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of straddle


1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for straddle


irregular from stride

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The first known use of straddle was in 1565

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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of straddle

: to sit or ride with a leg on either side of (something)
: to be on both sides of (something)
: to have parts that are in (different places, regions, etc.)


strad·​dle | \ ˈstra-dᵊl How to pronounce straddle (audio) \
straddled; straddling

Kids Definition of straddle

1 : to stand, sit, or walk with the legs spread wide apart
2 : to stand, sit, or ride with a leg on either side of He straddled the horse.
3 : to seem to favor two opposite sides of Not wanting to offend anyone, she straddled the issue.


strad·​dle | \ ˈstrad-ᵊl \

Legal Definition of straddle

: the purchase of an equal number of put options and call options on the same underlying securities with the same price and maturity date

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