[ strad-l ]
/ ˈstræd l /

verb (used without object), strad·dled, strad·dling.

verb (used with object), strad·dled, strad·dling.


Nearby words

  1. strabismus,
  2. strabo,
  3. strabotomy,
  4. strachey,
  5. strachey, lytton,
  6. straddle the fence,
  7. straddle truck,
  8. stradella,
  9. stradella, alessandro,
  10. stradivari

Origin of straddle

1555–65; apparently frequentative (with -le) of variant stem of stride

Related formsstrad·dler, nounstrad·dling·ly, adverbun·strad·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for straddle


/ (ˈstrædəl) /



Derived Formsstraddler, noun

Word Origin for straddle

C16: frequentative formed from obsolete strad- (Old English strode), past stem of stride

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Word Origin and History for straddle



1560s, probably an alteration of stridlen, frequentative of striden (see stride). U.S. colloquial sense of "take up an equivocal position, appear to favor both sides" is attested from 1838. Related: Straddled; straddling. The noun is first recorded 1610s.

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