Pronunciation Noun

stray (plural strays)

  1. Any domestic animal that has no enclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray.
  2. (figuratively) One who is lost, either literally or metaphorically.
  3. The act of wandering or going astray.
  4. (historical) An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "the stray"
Related terms Translations
  • French: animal errant
  • German: Streuner
  • Italian: randagio
  • Portuguese: desgarrado, vira-lata
  • Russian: бездо́мный
  • Spanish: callejero
Translations Translations Verb

stray (strays, present participle straying; past and past participle strayed)

  1. (intransitive) To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
    • Thames among the wanton valleys strays.
  2. (intransitive) To wander from one's limits; to rove or roam at large; to go astray.
  3. (intransitive, figurative) To wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.
  4. (transitive) To cause to stray.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, V. i. 51:
      Hath not else his eye / Strayed his affection in unlawful love,
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: sich irren
  • Italian: perdersi
  • Russian: сбива́ться с пути́

stray (not comparable)

  1. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering
    The alley is full of stray cats rummaging through the garbage.
  2. In the wrong place; misplaced.
    a stray comma
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