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stray

[ strey ]
/ streɪ /
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verb (used without object)
noun
adjective
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Origin of stray

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English verb straien, strayen, from Old French estraier, from unrecorded Vulgar Latin extrāvagāre “to wander out of bounds”; see origin at extravagant

OTHER WORDS FROM stray

stray·er, nounun·stray·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stray

stray
/ (streɪ) /

verb (intr)
noun
adjective
scattered, random, or haphazarda stray bullet grazed his thigh

Derived forms of stray

strayer, 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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