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
Examples from the Web for stagger
A miner puts his head down and runs, with a long swinging stride, through places where I can only stagger.
Unless we stagger the hours of medical service provision, all those people will end up in the emergency room.
His cheeks bright red, his chin wet with spittle, the helot would weave and stagger and totter until he passed out in the dirt.
The campaign will now stagger through the February doldrums.Money Changed Everything for Mitt Romney in Florida Primary|Paul Begala|February 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If News Corp. really distrusted a former staffer, it might stagger her severance payments, says Estreicher.
Before the light referred to went out, Moses was struck violently on the chest by something soft, which caused him to stagger.Blown to Bits|Robert Michael Ballantyne
Presently we passed the Blakes, I longed to relieve Daniel of his heavy basket; for even he seemed to stagger beneath its weight.Medoline Selwyn's Work|Mrs. J. J. Colter
Here is truth and eloquence, at one blow, enough to stagger the strongest of us.
The two men found it very heavy, all they could stagger under, even the short distance it had to be carried.Blazing The Way|Emily Inez Denny
It did stagger them both that Emmy Lou should have to stay to church.Emmy Lou's Road to Grace|George Madden Martin
British Dictionary definitions for stagger
Word Origin for stagger
Word Origin and History 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.