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

Examples from the Web for straddlers

  • At several different points he fitted in straddlers, with wedges made from stonewood branches.

    The Inca Emerald|Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for straddlers



(tr) to have one leg, part, or support on each side of
(tr) US and Canadian informal to be in favour of both sides of (something)
(intr) to stand, walk, or sit with the legs apart
(tr) to spread (the legs) apart
military to fire a number of shots slightly beyond and slightly short of (a target) to determine the correct range
(intr) (in poker, of the second player after the dealer) to double the ante before looking at one's cards


the act or position of straddling
a noncommittal attitude or stand
commerce a contract or option permitting its purchaser to either sell or buy securities or commodities within a specified period of time at specified prices. It is a combination of a put and a call optionCompare spread (def. 24c)
athletics a high-jumping technique in which the body is parallel with the bar and the legs straddle it at the highest point of the jump
(in poker) the stake put up after the ante in poker by the second player after the dealer
Irish a wooden frame placed on a horse's back to which panniers are attached
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 straddlers



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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