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Meaning & Definition of Stray in English





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

  • stray


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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • digress,
  • stray,
  • divagate,
  • wander


1. Not close together in time

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

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

  • "A stray calf"
  • "A stray dog"
  • stray

Examples of using

Tom was killed by a stray bullet.
Have you been bitten by a stray dog?
The stray dog suddenly came at the child.