adverb, adjective, preposition

astride with one leg on each side of; astride: sitting astraddle a fence.

Origin of astraddle

First recorded in 1695–1705; a-1 + straddle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for astraddle

Historical Examples of astraddle

  • Astraddle on Tono-Bungay, he flashed athwart the empty heavens—like a comet—rather, like a stupendous rocket!

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • Having careered, plunging and tugging and side-stepping, until she was astraddle of the outside trace, Jenny stopped.

    The Pike's Peak Rush

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • The antagonists in the strange duello sat back to back, astraddle a seat.

  • He made a few turns around the room, astraddle of his chair, and ended by a grand somersault, as if his steed had dismounted him.

  • Set him astraddle the wooden horse with a spear shaft at either foot to teach him that a soldier's first duty is not to think.

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for astraddle



(postpositive) with a leg on either side of something


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