Origin of staggering
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 staggeringastounding, amazing, astonishing, stunning, mind-boggling, shocking, distressing, mind-blowing
Examples from the Web for staggering
Contemporary Examples of staggering
A staggering 80 percent of college women do not report the crime to police, compared to 67 percent of non-students.College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students
December 11, 2014
As a treatise on the essential vacuity of the white liberal male, Boyhood is a staggering achievement.Black 'Boyhood' Is Always Black First, Boy Later
August 30, 2014
The total number of maps reported missing by the affected institutions, however, was a staggering 256.The Million-Dollar Map Thief
July 30, 2014
The Brazilian beauty pulled in a staggering $47 million in 2013 alone, equating to a cool $128,000 a day.Gisele Bundchen Is Worth $128k a Day; Prince William Gets the Photoshop Treatment
The Fashion Beast Team
July 15, 2014
The conservative reporter claims to have ‘debunked’ a report showing the staggering number of school shootings in America.This Gun Nut Says Most School Shootings Aren’t Real
June 12, 2014
Historical Examples of staggering
There has been staggering loss of life and measureless wastage of materials.
He jerked sharply up on the reins, and she broke into a staggering trot.Way of the Lawless
It seemed to her she had been staggering in that street for hours.The Secret Agent
I cried, staggering to my feet and throwing his arms off me.The Prisoner of Zenda
And that was where he came up against a staggering disappointment.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
Word Origin for stagger
"amazing," 1560s, from present participle of stagger (v.). Related: Staggeringly.
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.