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 staggers
Wherever life has not died out, it staggers to its feet again.
McDonald staggers through the crowd – to run off stage and get a fix – and nearly tumbles onto a table.Audra for the Win: Why Audra McDonald Must Win Tony for Best Actress|Daniel Gross|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The little one staggers under it, leaning far forward to lessen the direct traction over her forehead.The Child in the Midst|Mary Schauffler Labaree
He has already reached the border of the wood; he staggers—the poison is doing its work.The Forest Exiles|Mayne Reid
But perhaps it is the unprecedented birth of a body from a virgin that staggers you?The City of God, Volume I|Aurelius Augustine
Others maintain that, on the contrary, but for him the bird would have died of a disease akin to the staggers.Old and New Masters|Robert Lynd
But the second step,—the making use of a foreign substance or object in the way described,—that is what staggers one.Ways of Nature|John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for staggers (1 of 2)
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
British Dictionary definitions for staggers (2 of 2)
Word Origin for stagger
Word Origin and History for staggers
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.