verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- a staggered arrangement of wings.
- the amount of staggering.
- Also called blind staggers.acute selenium poisoning of livestock characterized by a staggering gait usually followed by respiratory failure and death.
- a condition of unknown cause, occurring in pregnant sheep, cattle, and other animals during or just following extended transport, characterized by a staggering gait and progressive paralysis.
Origin of stagger
Synonyms for stagger
Related Words for staggerwobble, shake, lurch, careen, teeter, falter, reel, paralyze, devastate, dumbfound, overwhelm, puzzle, shatter, amaze, startle, astonish, stun, totter, wheel, alternate
Examples from the Web for stagger
Contemporary Examples of stagger
A miner puts his head down and runs, with a long swinging stride, through places where I can only stagger.Thatcher's Economic Legacy
April 8, 2013
Unless we stagger the hours of medical service provision, all those people will end up in the emergency room.The Sleepless Economy
January 15, 2013
His cheeks bright red, his chin wet with spittle, the helot would weave and stagger and totter until he passed out in the dirt.Persian Fire and Rubicon (Full)
September 23, 2012
The campaign will now stagger through the February doldrums.Money Changed Everything for Mitt Romney in Florida Primary
February 1, 2012
If News Corp. really distrusted a former staffer, it might stagger her severance payments, says Estreicher.What Brooks Severance Buys Murdoch
November 7, 2011
Historical Examples of stagger
Mr Vladimir did not stumble, did not stagger back, did not change his stride.The Secret Agent
She saw De Launay stagger again and felt that she was about to faint.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Later, she used to stagger from one hammock to another and swing them.Lotus Buds
Twice they were driven to their knees, only to stagger on as the convulsions lessened.The Golden Woman
She thumps and lurches, and they stagger together, feeling sick.Within the Tides
Word Origin for stagger
1520s, altered from stakeren (c.1300), from Old Norse stakra or Old Danish stagra, both "to push, stagger." Cognate with Dutch staggelen "to stagger," German staggeln "to stammer." Transitive sense of "bewilder, amaze" first recorded 1550s; that of "arrange in a zig-zag pattern" is from 1856. Related: Staggered; staggering.