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stray - Dictionary definition and meaning for word stray

(noun) an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)
(verb) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Synonyms : cast , drift , ramble , range , roam , roll , rove , swan , tramp , vagabond , wander
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) wander from a direct course or at random
Synonyms : drift , err
Example Sentence
  • The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her
  • don't drift from the set course

(verb) lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
Synonyms : digress , divagate , wander
Example Sentence
  • She always digresses when telling a story
  • her mind wanders
  • Don't digress when you give a lecture

(adj) not close together in time
Synonyms : isolated
Example Sentence
  • isolated instances of rebellion
  • a few stray crumbs

(adj) (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home
Example Sentence
  • a stray calf
  • a stray dog

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for stray

A RAY going straight but but suddenly diverted due to certain reason...
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by cheeka449

ASTRAY means going in wrong direction...so relate with it...
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by cheeka449

stray:make it ASHTRAY .and relate it with cigarattee.now this implies that he/she is going in wrong or wrong path i.e HE DEVIATES FROM THE MAIN PATH.
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by deepakranamech

stray always carry wasteful thing have little value.
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by shaktipada

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