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stray

noun \ ˈstrā \

Definition of stray

1 a :a domestic animal that is wandering at large or is lost
b :a person or thing that strays
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[Middle English, from straien to stray]
archaic :the act of going astray

Examples of stray in a Sentence

  1. Both of her cats were strays that she found wandering in the neighborhood.

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Origin and Etymology of stray

Middle English, from Anglo-French estraié, past participle of estraier

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stray

verb

Definition of stray

intransitive verb
:wander: such as
a :to wander from company, restraint, or proper limits
b :to roam about without fixed direction or purpose
c :to move in a winding course :meander
d :to move without conscious or intentional effort
  • eyes straying absently around the room
e :to become distracted from an argument or train of thought
  • strayed from the point
f :to wander accidentally from a fixed or chosen route
g :err, sin

strayer

noun

Examples of stray in a Sentence

  1. The airplane strayed off course.

  2. our straying son swears he's returned to the straight and narrow

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Origin and Etymology of stray

Middle English straien, from Anglo-French estraier, from Vulgar Latin *extravagare, from Latin extra- outside + vagari to wander — more at extra-

stray Synonyms


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stray

adjective

Definition of stray

1 :having strayed or escaped from a proper or intended place
  • a stray dog
2 :occurring at random or sporadically
  • stray thoughts
3 :not serving any useful purpose :unwanted
  • stray light

Examples of stray in a Sentence

  1. stray sightings of UFO's, none of which have been rigorously analyzed by scientists

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First Known Use of stray

1589



STRAY Defined for English Language Learners

stray

noun

Definition of stray for English Language Learners

  • : an animal (such as a cat or dog) that is lost or has no home

  • : a person or thing that is separated from a group


stray

verb

Definition of stray for English Language Learners

  • : to go in a direction that is away from a group or from the place where you should be


stray

adjective

Definition of stray for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : lost or having no home

  • : separated from another or others of the same kind

  • : not in or going in the proper or intended place


STRAY Defined for Kids

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stray

noun \ ˈstrā \

Definition of stray for Students

:a domestic animal (as a cat or dog) that is lost or has no home

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stray

verb

Definition of stray for Students

strayed; straying
1 :to wander from a group or from the proper place :roam
  • The gate was left open and the cow strayed.
2 :to go off from a direct or chosen route or the right course
  • We strayed from the path.
3 :to become distracted from a topic or train of thought

Headscratcher for stray

Remove one letter from stray and you get its opposite: stay.


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stray

adjective

Definition of stray for Students

1 :lost or having no home
  • a stray dog
2 :not in the proper or intended place
  • I found a few stray socks.
3 :occurring here and there :random
  • a few stray hairs


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