straddle

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verb

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

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
straddler
ˈstrad-lər How to pronounce straddle (audio)
ˈstra-dᵊl-ər
noun

straddle

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noun

1
: the act or position of one who straddles
2
: a noncommittal or equivocal position
3
Phrases
straddle the fence
: to be in a position of neutrality or indecision

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

Verb Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The theme park straddles the state line between the Carolinas. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 5 June 2024 Style-wise, tulip glasses straddle the line between the flute and coupe. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 May 2024
Noun
Fosbury died Sunday after a recurrence with lymphoma, according to his publicist, Ray Schulte. Before Fosbury, many high jumpers cleared their heights by running parallel to the bar, then using a straddle kick to leap over before landing with their faces pointed downward. Eddie Pells, Chicago Tribune, 13 Mar. 2023 Spears sensually dips and dances around the pole, occasionally using the apparatus to nail a spin or straddle as Trent Rezor’s urgent voice provides the soundtrack for her pole-formance. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 14 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for straddle 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

irregular from stride

First Known Use

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of straddle was in 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straddle. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

straddle

1 of 2 verb
strad·​dle ˈstrad-ᵊl How to pronounce straddle (audio)
straddled; straddling ˈstrad-liŋ How to pronounce straddle (audio)
-ᵊl-iŋ
1
: to stand, sit, or walk with the legs wide apart
2
: to approve or seem to approve two apparently opposite sides
straddle a question
straddler
-lər How to pronounce straddle (audio)
-ᵊl-ər
noun

straddle

2 of 2 noun
: the act or position of one that straddles

Legal Definition

straddle

noun
strad·​dle
ˈstrad-ᵊl
: 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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