AskDefine | Define stray

Dictionary Definition

stray adj : not close together in time; "isolated instances of rebellion"; "scattered fire"; "a stray bullet grazed his thigh" [syn: isolated, scattered] n : homeless cat [syn: alley cat]

Verb

1 move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town" [syn: roll, wander, swan, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]
2 wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course" [syn: err, drift]
3 lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking; "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture" [syn: digress, divagate, wander]

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English

Etymology

Middle English in origin, from the Anglo-Norman and Old French verb estrayer, and the Anglo-Norman noun and adjective (a)strey, both from the Old French estraié.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively.
  2. The act of wandering or going astray.
  3. [historical] An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "The Stray"

Related terms

Translations

Any domestic animal that has an inclosure and wanders at large, or is lost
The act of wandering or going astray

Verb

  1. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
  2. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.
  3. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.

Translations

To wander from a direct course

Synonyms

Adjective

  1. To cause to stray.
  2. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.

Translations

To cause to stray
Having gone wandering, as, a stray horse or sheep

Extensive Definition

Stray may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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