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 staggerswobble, shake, lurch, careen, teeter, falter, reel, paralyze, devastate, dumbfound, overwhelm, puzzle, shatter, amaze, startle, astonish, stun, totter, wheel, alternate
Examples from the Web for staggers
Contemporary Examples of staggers
Wherever life has not died out, it staggers to its feet again.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
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
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of staggers
She said it was what she always used in Africa for bull-calves with the staggers.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
With that I gives him a push and Ernie staggers over to the curb.Torchy and Vee
Before he is there, Skallagrim staggers to his side with a rush.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
He staggers over to couch and sits upon it, groaning heavily.Semiramis and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
Like one roused from some strange stupor, Frank staggers to his feet.The Diamond Coterie
Lawrence L. Lynch
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
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.