- stagger head,
- staggered directorships,
- staggered hours,
- staggering bob,
- staghorn coral
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
Examples from the Web for 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|Brandy Zadrozny|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The total number of maps reported missing by the affected institutions, however, was a staggering 256.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Brandy Zadrozny|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The forests, with their mind-boggling biodiversity, are a staggering 10,000 times older than those of North America and Europe.
Wild were the plaudits of the multitude, but the lion was staggering and his roar was muffled.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
One sees them staggering gravewards under a load of self-imposed burdens.Alone|Norman Douglas
I got up, staggering like a drunken man, and passing my hands several times over my face, looked carefully about me.Dream Tales and Prose Poems|Ivan Turgenev
Staggering out again blind and roasting, he fell on the pave, and was carried off, but with the purse intact.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
Limping and staggering, Jerrold managed to urge the Eagle out of harm's way.Motor Matt's Air Ship|Stanley R. Matthews
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.