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stagger

[ stag-er ]
/ ˈstæg ər /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun
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Origin of stagger

First recorded in 1520–30; earlier stacker “to reel,” Middle English stakeren, from Old Norse stakra “to reel,” equivalent to stak(a) “to stagger” + -ra frequentative suffix

synonym study 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM stagger

stag·ger·er, nounoutstagger, 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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