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

Other Words from straddle


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

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

Verb Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Coates said that business leaders, and women in particular, have the ability to straddle these different roles and identities to create change in a meaningful way. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2021 The defendant asked me to straddle him and to ride him. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021 North Richland Hills police initially responded to a call just before 5 p.m. about a man firing a gun at the Station 121 at Town Center apartments, which straddle the Hurst-North Richland Hills city line. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Amid growing fears of a humanitarian disaster in the thick forests that straddle the border, a 14-year-old Kurdish boy from Iraq was reported by Polish news media to have frozen to death overnight on the Belarus side of the frontier. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 But although the reopening is being cheered in the tightknit communities that straddle the 5,500-mile border — and by the Canadian snowbirds who prefer to drive South to warmer climes — few are expecting an immediate flood of tourists. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 There are already examples of the administration and federal agencies moving quickly to shore up critical infrastructure and supply chains that straddle public organizations and private businesses. Chris Finan, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Ban Gioc Waterfall, also known as Detian Falls or Ban Gioc Falls, encompasses a series of waterfalls that straddle the border between China and Vietnam. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2021 The staircase at JFK/UMass Station is one of dozens of state public spaces that straddle the administrative borders of various state agencies, according to the Globe’s Elizabeth Koh., 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Youngkin's straddle to avoid alienating both Trump voters and suburbanites might not work quite so well across Virginia state lines. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 Nine seats already are exclusively on the East Side, compared to just six on the West Side (two straddle the Cuyahoga River). Robert Higgs, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2021 That will involve developing autonomous cranes and straddle carriers -- vehicles that place containers onto ships. Rochelle Beighton, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 The zone between France and the U.K. will necessarily maintain a certain strategic importance for the industry – over 100 species of fish straddle EU-U.K. waters. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 June 2021 These include a seated straddle stretch to work hamstring flexibility, and hip-mobility drills that use a resistance band to work his residual limb in various planes of motion. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Those few vertical meters might be an hour’s hike — or a dangerous straddle and scooch — away. New York Times, 12 May 2021 At that point, the straddle between more moderate voters in his national coalition and the increasing impatience of progressives in his Democratic Party will be tough to sustain. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Japanwala finds that garments like this straddle the line between fashion and fine art. Aamina Khan, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021

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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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“Straddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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