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 Add it all up, and the 2012 battlegrounds largely straddle the industrial Midwest and the Sun Belt, with the latter region gaining momentum. NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 15, 2020," 15 Nov. 2020 As points of contact between mathematics and reality, particles straddle both worlds with an uncertain footing. Quanta Magazine, "What Is a Particle?," 12 Nov. 2020 Much of the film’s action takes place inside Joan’s mind, where Romero stages dreamlike sequences that straddle the line between fantasy and reality. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Horror Movies Are for Everyone," 19 Oct. 2020 Morikawa played his first practice round with 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose and tried to straddle the line between soaking in his surroundings and zeroing in on the task at hand. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa hope to make most of first Masters experience," 11 Nov. 2020 Hiring Van Gundy signaled that the team wanted to straddle the line between being competitive now and making deep playoff runs in the future. Christian Clark,, "NBA on track to begin season Dec. 22; what that means for Pelicans ahead of crucial offseason," 5 Nov. 2020 The first polls close Tuesday at 4 p.m. Mountain Time in most of Indiana and Kentucky, as those states straddle a time zone and are expected to go to Trump. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Election Day: What to expect in Utah and in battleground states," 3 Nov. 2020 Joe Biden has been able to straddle these two poles. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Next Populist Revolt," 31 Oct. 2020 Republicans have sought to straddle that line and have sometimes strayed over it. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "How Trump Became the Pro-Infection Candidate," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This die-cast model of a Hyster straddle truck belonged to my best friend. oregonlive, "A die-cast toy truck, ikebana basket and more: What are they worth," 1 Nov. 2020 One of them is a straddle, which involves buying both bullish and bearish options, targeting a selloff in Treasuries and thus higher yields across the long end of the curve. Vivien Lou Chen,, "Credit Suisse Sees Blue Sweep as Dominating Market Narrative," 7 Oct. 2020 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

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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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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 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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