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Definition of "stray" []

  • To move away from a group, deviate from the correct course, or go beyond established limits. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become lost. (verb-intransitive)
  • To wander about without a destination or purpose; roam. See Synonyms at wander. (verb-intransitive)
  • To follow a winding course; meander. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deviate from a moral, proper, or right course; err. (verb-intransitive)
  • To wander away, as from the correct path or from a given area (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To wander haphazardly (verb)
  • To digress from the point, lose concentration, etc (verb)
  • To deviate from certain moral standards (verb)
  • A domestic animal, fowl, etc, that has wandered away from its place of keeping and is lost (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A lost or homeless person, esp a child (noun)
  • An isolated or random occurrence, specimen, etc, that is out of place or outside the usual pattern (noun)
  • Scattered, random, or haphazard (adjective)

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Use "stray" in a sentence
  • "Over the years, as we took in 'stray' boys, they learned this habit, too."
  • "Different situations but an amazing movie that DOES NOT stray from the original story line … You moron"
  • "Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,"