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English adjective: stray

1. stray not close together in time

SamplesIsolated instances of rebellion.
A few stray crumbs.




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

SamplesA stray calf.
A stray dog.



English noun: stray

1. stray (animal) an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

Broader (hypernym)domestic animal, domesticated animal

English verb: stray

1. stray (motion) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymscast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder

Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

2. stray (motion) wander from a direct course or at random

SamplesThe child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her.
Don't drift from the set course.

Synonymsdrift, err

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Verb groupcast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

3. stray (communication) lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

SamplesShe always digresses when telling a story.
Her mind wanders.
Don't digress when you give a lecture.

Synonymsdigress, divagate, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)tell

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