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 staggeredwobble, shake, lurch, careen, teeter, falter, reel, paralyze, devastate, dumbfound, overwhelm, puzzle, shatter, amaze, startle, astonish, stun, totter, wheel, alternate
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Contemporary Examples of 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?
December 22, 2014
Kitty staggered around the corner to the rear of her building, trying to make it home.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
I was not prepared for the staggered, ruthless falling apart of one of the people I love most in the world.No One Ever Loses to Cancer
October 8, 2014
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
February 16, 2014
Historical Examples of staggered
At the first step Mortimer staggered and swayed like a drunken man.
Mortimer staggered back a step and caught at the chair to steady himself.
She staggered a little as she ran, leaping over the box borders.Quaint Courtships
The black man was not very far from Tom when he staggered and fell.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
“Yes,” she whispered, then raised her head, and staggered backward a little.The Secret Agent
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.