[ strey ]
/ streɪ /

verb (used without object)



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 forms

stray·er, nounun·stray·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strays (1 of 2)


/ (streɪz) /

pl n

Also called: stray capacitance electronics undesired capacitance in equipment, occurring between the wiring, between the wiring and the chassis, or between components and the chassis
telecomm another word for static (def. 9)

British Dictionary definitions for strays (2 of 2)


/ (streɪ) /

verb (intr)



scattered, random, or haphazarda stray bullet grazed his thigh

Derived Forms

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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