stagger

[ stag-er ]
/ ˈstæg ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

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Origin of stagger

1520–30; earlier stacker to reel, Middle English stakeren < Old Norse stakra to reel, equivalent to stak(a) to stagger + -ra frequentative suffix

SYNONYMS FOR stagger

1 Stagger, reel, totter suggest an unsteady manner of walking. To stagger is successively to lose and regain one's equilibrium and the ability to maintain one's direction: to stagger with exhaustion, a heavy load, or intoxication. To reel is to sway dizzily and be in imminent danger of falling: to reel when faint with hunger. To totter is to move in a shaky, uncertain, faltering manner and suggests the immediate likelihood of falling from weakness or feebleness: An old man tottered along with a cane.
3 vacillate.
5 astound, confound, dumfound.
7 alternate.

OTHER WORDS FROM stagger

stag·ger·er, nounout·stag·ger, verb (used with object)un·stag·gered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stagger

stagger
/ (ˈstæɡə) /

verb

noun

the act or an instance of staggering
a staggered arrangement on a biplane, etc
See also staggers

Derived forms of stagger

staggerer, noun

Word Origin for stagger

C13 dialect stacker, from Old Norse staka to push
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