verb (used without object)
- strayhorn, billy,
Origin of stray
Examples from the Web for straying
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz applauds the CDC investigators for straying off-message.CDC Researchers Find Lower Mortality Rates Among Overweight People|Kent Sepkowitz|January 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Gingrich is a smart fellow steeped in the issues, but also has a knack for straying off message.
Signs around the country suggest that any Republican straying too far to the center is courting trouble.
Marriage empowers a straying adult to behave like a randy teenager and a petulant toddler at the same time.
What keeps most people from cheating, from straying, is a strong conscience—a sense of right and wrong.
We may now attach other straying symbols as holding them in mind.Cupology|Clara
In fact, we have sometimes taken dinner at home after straying as far as Megara and Thebes.Vacation days in Greece|Rufus B. Richardson
All who have come after Jannet have followed in his path, and there is no reason for straying from it.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
Caper, learning that she was a widow, did not know but what her affections were straying his way.
He could not think of anything but them, and he let her lie while he gathered his straying thoughts.Kophetua the Thirteenth|Julian Corbett
- a domestic animal, fowl, etc, that has wandered away from its place of keeping and is lost
- (as modifier)stray dogs
Word Origin for stray
c.1300, a shortening of Old French estraier "wander about," literally "go about the streets," from estree "route, highway," from Late Latin via strata "paved road" (see street). On another theory, the Old French word is from Vulgar Latin *estragare, a contraction of *estravagare, representing Latin extra vagari "to wander outside" (see extravagant). Figurative sense of "to wander from the path of rectitude" is attested from early 14c.
"domestic animal found wandering," early 13c., from Old French estraié "strayed," past participle of estraier (see stray (v.)). The adjective is first recorded c.1600.