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Meaning & Definition of Stray in English

English

Stray

/stre/

noun

1. An animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

    synonym:
  • stray

verb

1. Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

  • "The gypsies roamed the woods"
  • "Roving vagabonds"
  • "The wandering jew"
  • "The cattle roam across the prairie"
  • "The laborers drift from one town to the next"
  • "They rolled from town to town"
    synonym:
  • roll
  • ,
  • wander
  • ,
  • swan
  • ,
  • stray
  • ,
  • tramp
  • ,
  • roam
  • ,
  • cast
  • ,
  • ramble
  • ,
  • rove
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • drift
  • ,
  • vagabond

2. Wander from a direct course or at random

  • "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"
  • "Don't drift from the set course"
    synonym:
  • stray
  • ,
  • err
  • ,
  • drift

3. Lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

  • "She always digresses when telling a story"
  • "Her mind wanders"
  • "Don't digress when you give a lecture"
    synonym:
  • digress
  • ,
  • stray
  • ,
  • divagate
  • ,
  • wander

adjective

1. Not close together in time

  • "Isolated instances of rebellion"
  • "A few stray crumbs"
    synonym:
  • isolated
  • ,
  • stray

2. (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home

  • "A stray calf"
  • "A stray dog"
    synonym:
  • stray

Examples of using

Tom was killed by a stray bullet.
We found the stray dog and decided to keep it.