Definition and Meanings for stray

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Part of Speech of stray

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

Etymology of stray

of. estraier, estraer, to stray, or as adj., stray, fr. (assumed) l. stratarius roving the streets, fr. l. strata (sc. via) a paved road. see street, and stray, a.pos cf. of. estrai, p. p. of estraier. see stray, v. i., and cf. astray, estray

Meaning of stray


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

  • to wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
  • to wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.
  • figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.

as transitive verb

  • to cause to stray.

as adjective, intransitive verb

  • having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep.

as noun

  • any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. used also figuratively.
  • the act of wandering or going astray.
  • No antonyms for stray

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