- out of the right way; off the correct or known road, path, or route: Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
- 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
Examples from the Web for astray
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
Certainly, other communities—ultra-Orthodox Jews, for example—are fretting about members who go online, and then astray.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
The author of Room, Slammerkin, and Astray picks five of the best historical fictions about the oldest profession.Emma Donoghue’s Book Bag: Five Whorestoricals
October 29, 2013
Then you read the short stories in Astray, and you realize this is how she writes!This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 22, 2012
October 22, 2012
Your most recent book, The Golden Cage, is about three brothers whose rigid ideologies lead them astray.Shirin Ebadi Interview: Iran’s Voice of Reason on Nuke Talks
April 15, 2012
That was the real madness; pride and enthusiasm led us astray.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Yes, she must have led Lantier astray; you could see it in her eyes.L'Assommoir
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
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
- out of the correct path or direction
- out of the right, good, or expected way; into error
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.)).
Idioms and Phrases with astray
see best-laid plans go astray; go astray.