stray

[ strey ]
/ streɪ /

verb (used without object)

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. strawhat,
  2. strawson,
  3. strawweight,
  4. strawworm,
  5. strawy,
  6. strayhorn,
  7. strayhorn, billy,
  8. strays,
  9. strayve,
  10. streak

Origin of stray

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English strayen, aphetic variant of astraien, estraien < Middle French estraier < Vulgar Latin *extrāvagāre to wander out of bounds (see extravagant); (noun) Middle English, in part derivative of the v., in part < Anglo-French stray, Middle French estrai, derivative of estraier

Related formsstray·er, nounun·stray·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for straying

stray

/ (streɪ) /

verb (intr)

noun

adjective

scattered, random, or haphazarda stray bullet grazed his thigh
Derived Formsstrayer, noun

Word Origin for stray

C14: from Old French estraier, from Vulgar Latin estragāre (unattested), from Latin extrā- outside + vagāri to roam; see astray, extravagant, stravaig

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