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.
- stagg, amos alonzo,
- stagger head,
- staggered directorships,
- staggered hours,
Origin of stagger
Examples from the Web for staggered
His success later in the afternoon has staggered a nation and sent two families reeling from heartache that never diminishes.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?|Mike Barnicle|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kitty staggered around the corner to the rear of her building, trying to make it home.
I was not prepared for the staggered, ruthless falling apart of one of the people I love most in the world.
Edwards (who was governor for a total of sixteen, staggered years from 1972 to 1996) was long-dogged by charges of corruption.
Sid was the only one who laughed; staggered around, holding his gut.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As for the farmer he staggered back, spitting blood from his mouth, and growling out curses at the boy.Jones of the 64th|F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
I staggered to my feet, but felt so weak and giddy that I was compelled to fall back into a chair.
Davis staggered back with arms covering his face protectingly and again Jack struck him heavily between the eyes.The Boy Allies Under the Sea|Robert L. Drake
Bayard worked till he staggered for the women and children whom the sea bereft.A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
He staggered out, with Mrs. Biggs just behind him, and from that moment they were all demoralized.Where There's A Will|Mary Roberts Rinehart
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.