Definition and Meanings for stagger

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Stagger is ranked 12,999 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of stagger

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, transitive verb

Etymology of stagger

oe. stakeren, icel. stakra to push, to stagger, fr. staka to punt, push, stagger; cf. od. staggeren to stagger. cf. stake, n.pos

Meaning of stagger


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • to move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness; to sway; to reel or totter.
  • to cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
  • to begin to doubt and waver in purpose; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.

as transitive verb

  • to cause to reel or totter.
  • to cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
  • to arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets of a boiler seam.

as noun

  • an unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing, as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo; -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man.
  • a disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apopletic or sleepy staggers.
  • bewilderment; perplexity.
  • No antonyms for stagger

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