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adverb, adjective
  1. out of the right way; off the correct or known road, path, or route: Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
  2. away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought: They were led astray by their lust for money.

Origin of astray

1250–1300; Middle English astraye < Anglo-French *astraié, Old French estraié, past participle of estraier; see stray Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for astray

afield, awry, adrift, amiss, gone, lost, off, roaming, straying, vanished, wandering, wrong

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Historical Examples of astray

  • That was the real madness; pride and enthusiasm led us astray.

  • Yes, she must have led Lantier astray; you could see it in her eyes.


    Emile Zola

  • My foot was on the threshold of His house when you led me astray.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They are very idle, gay and effeminate, and I fear that they will lead you astray.

    The Indian Fairy Book

    Cornelius Mathews

  • In the first place, the allurements which led me astray may have had no charms for you.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

British Dictionary definitions for astray


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. out of the correct path or direction
  2. out of the right, good, or expected way; into error

Word Origin for astray

C13: from Old French estraie roaming, from estraier to stray
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for astray

c.1300, astraied "away from home; lost," borrowed and partially nativized from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier "astray, riderless (of a horse), lost," literally "on stray" (see stray (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with astray


see best-laid plans go astray; go astray.

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