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 That would allow GitHub to run servers in mainland China itself, but would raise questions about how the firm would manage databases of computer code that straddle Chinese and American jurisdictions. The Economist, "Microsoft’s GitHub mulls expansion in China," 6 Dec. 2019 Nancy Gardner Sewell and siblings grew up in Hope Hull, part of the Black Belt that straddles two counties: Lowndes and Montgomery. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Nancy Gardner Sewell has seen racial change, though Alabama ‘still has miles to go’," 27 Nov. 2019 Traditional Chinese tables in modern-looking blonde oak — Wu had them custom made in China’s Hebei province — show that this is a restaurant that straddles both old and new. Christina Tkacik,, "Review: This new Sichuan bistro in Towson serves tongue-numbing dishes and you’ll love every bite," 26 Nov. 2019 Alibaba has become a technology powerhouse — a sprawling, sector-straddling colossus no less ambitious than Amazon or Alphabet., "Alibaba says Singles Day in China was another hit - The Boston Globe," 12 Nov. 2019 Mount Pleasant, a village of 27,000 people, is a straddling community, so the Foxconn diversion would be expected to go through similarly tough scrutiny. Anna Clark, Twin Cities, "Anna Clark: Is Foxconn really worth risking a Great Lake?," 3 Sep. 2019 Cloth and mud are the main ingredients of Woodman’s category-straddling works. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Eye candy on a gigantic scale made with canvas, clay and paint," 16 July 2019 For more than seven minutes, the 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound Khan allegedly grabbed the girl by her head and neck, threw her to the ground, and punched her in the face while straddling her, according to the statement., "A Suffolk County grand jury Tuesday indicted a security guard for allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old girl who allegedly shoplifted at a Primark store in Boston in June, tossing her to the ground and pummeling the child, prosecutors said.," 21 Nov. 2019 But in attempting to straddle the line between trauma and her always joyful tone, something gets lost in translation. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: September romances visit Victorian Oxford, a Renaissance Faire, Michelin restaurants, and more," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The leadership of Pima County strongly opposes Rosemont, as do the two members of Congress whose districts the site straddles, Raúl Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 The percentages are derived from an options trade known as a straddle, which entails buying both bullish and bearish contracts that can be exercised at the same price for the stock. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Options Suggest Big Moves in Facebook, Apple, Alibaba Stock," 29 Oct. 2018 The sprawling, 11-square-mile piece of land straddles Interstates 20 and 30 (near where the two highways merge) and is in the Aledo school district. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This former ranch could have 50,000 Fort Worth residents. 'In 10 years, this will be a city in itself'," 9 July 2018

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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