Stray - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stre…™|  American pronunciation of the word stray
Brit.  |stre…™|  British pronunciation of the word stray


- an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)


- move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment (syn: cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander)
- wander from a direct course or at random(syn: drift, err)
- lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking (syn: digress, divagate, wander)


- not close together in time(syn: isolated)
- (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home


Both of her cats were strays that she found wandering in the neighborhood.

...stray sightings of UFO's, none of which have been rigorously analyzed by scientists...

You're straying from the subject again, do please keep to the point.

Three of the soldiers strayed into enemy territory.

We're straying into ethnic issues here.

This meeting is beginning to stray from the point.

Her eyes strayed to the clock.

One man was hit by a stray bullet and taken to hospital.

The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her

The soldier was winged by a stray bullet.

...corralled a scattering of stray pens and quickly stuffed them in the drawer to tidy the desk...

...the proofreader was instructed to dele stray characters and other typos...

...the obdurate refusal of the crotchety old man to let the neighborhood kids retrieve their stray ball from his backyard...

...many feel that church leaders stray outside of their proper ambit when they make specific political endorsements...

...pared the stray branches on the tree...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stray
he/she/it: strays
present participle: straying
past tense: strayed
past participle: strayed
singular: stray
plural: strays
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