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 Like other festivals, Sundance expects to straddle both physical and virtual worlds. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, "Sundance Film Festival expands to 20 cities or more, takes films online amid COVID crisis," 29 June 2020 Some will bring their nuclear family to Africa while others straddle two continents. Yan Hairong, Quartz Africa, "The truth about Chinese migrants in Africa and their self-segregation," 4 June 2020 And ask if there are writers who straddle categories: Could Dickens ever have written a novel that was not structured around issues of belonging? Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "A Novel Way to Think About Literary Categories," 25 May 2020 The retirees with second homes fly down in the fall and leave in April, right around the time spring breakers descend upon Lake Havasu, the 19,300-acre turquoise oasis that straddles the California-Arizona border. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, "Stir-crazy Californians are crowding Arizona’s Lake Havasu," 11 May 2020 The bulk bagger at Owyhee Produce, an onion, asparagus, and mint farm straddling the Oregon–Idaho border, isn’t getting much action these days. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Why Farmers Are Dumping Milk, Even as People Go Hungry," 23 Apr. 2020 Two days later, the singular host — who straddles the spheres of entertainment, style, sports, art and architecture like no one else in Los Angeles — bumped into Leonardo DiCaprio at LACMA's Art + Film Gala. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Peculiar Life of the Man in the 'Big Lebowski' House: An NBA Superfan’s Wild L.A. Mansion," 12 Mar. 2020 The plant is sometimes called Poletown because GM built it on the site of a Polish immigrant community straddling the Detroit-Hamtramck border. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Peculiar steel beam marks last days at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant," 21 Feb. 2020 As an artist who successfully straddles pop and rap, Malone was nominated for seven American Music Awards this year alone and ultimately won best album in rap/hip hop for Hollywood’s Bleeding. Conchita Margaret Widjojo,, "Post Malone Tops Spotify's 2019 Most-Streamed List, Followed by Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Claire Marin and Cathy Leidersdorff’s home straddles New York State’s Delaware and Sullivan Counties, on a sprawling, wooded 32-acre lot in the Catskill mountains, not far from the Delaware River. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Entrepreneur, and beekeeper, Claire Marin opens the door to her home near New York’s Catskill Mountains," 8 July 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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce straddle (audio)

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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