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Meaning of STAGGER

Pronunciation:  'stagur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an unsteady uneven gait
  2. [v]  astound or overwhelm; "These poor people are staggered by the drain on their savings"
  3. [v]  to arrange in a stack or pile; "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
  4. [v]  astound or overwhelm, as with shock; "She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake"
  5. [v]  walk as if unable to control one's movements
  6. [v]  walk with great difficulty; as in snow or mud
  7. [v]  move slowly and unsteadily; "The truck lurched down the road"
 

STAGGER is a 7 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: careen, distribute, flounder, keel, lurch, lurch, reel, stack, stumble, swag
 
 See Also: amaze, arrange, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, gait, get, go, gravel, locomote, move, mystify, nonplus, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, perplex, pose, puzzle, set up, stupefy, sweep over, travel, vex, walk, whelm

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Stag"ger\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Staggered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Staggering}.] [OE. stakeren, Icel. stakra to push, to
    stagger, fr. staka to punt, push, stagger; cf. OD. staggeren
    to stagger. Cf. {Stake}, n.]
    1. To move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in
       standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness;
       to sway; to reel or totter.
    
             Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    2. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
       ``The enemy staggers.'' --Addison.
    
    3. To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less
       confident or determined; to hesitate.
    
             He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God
             through unbelief.                     --Rom. iv. 20.
    
    
  2. \Stag"ger\, v. t.
    1. To cause to reel or totter.
    
             That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire That
             staggers thus my person.              --Shak.
    
    2. To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make
       less steady or confident; to shock.
    
             Whosoever will read the story of this war will find
             himself much stagered.                --Howell.
    
             Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as
             not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger
             credibility.                          --Burke.
    
    3. To arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median
       line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets
       of a boiler seam.
    
    
  3. \Stag"ger\, n.
    1. An unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing,
       as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo;
       -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man.
    
    2. pl. (Far.) A disease of horses and other animals, attended
       by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic
       staggers; appopletic or sleepy staggers.
    
    3. pl. Bewilderment; perplexity. [R.] --Shak.
    
    {Stomach staggers} (Far.), distention of the stomach with
       food or gas, resulting in indigestion, frequently in
       death.
    
    
 

 

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