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]
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]
EtymologyMiddle 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.
- strā, /streɪ/, /streI/
The act of wandering or going astray
- To cause to stray.
- Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.
To cause to stray
Having gone wandering, as, a stray horse or sheep
- Finnish: eksynyt
Stray may refer to:
- A feral (abandoned or escaped) domestic animal.
- Any object or person unintentionally in the wrong place.
- 'Stray' or 'The Stray' - an area of open land in York, Harrogate, and Redcar.
- Stray FM an Independent Local Radio station based in Harrogate.
- Stray (novel) a novel by A.N. Wilson.
- Stray (UK band) - a 1966-1970s rock group from London, led by Del Bromham.
- Stray (US band) - A side project by American dark electro/industrial band Unter Null.
- nickname for American football player Michael Strahan
- An "unowned", or single, submissive participant in Pup-play.
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