lurch, stumble, stagger(verb)
an unsteady uneven gait
stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen(verb)
walk as if unable to control one's movements
"The drunken man staggered into the room"
walk with great difficulty
"He staggered along in the heavy snow"
to arrange in a systematic order
"stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
"She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake"
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.
A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apoplectic or sleepy staggers.
In standing or walking, to sway from one side to the other as if about to fall; to stand or walk unsteadily; to reel or totter.
She began to stagger across the room.
To cause to reel or totter.
The powerful blow of his opponent's fist staggered the boxer.
To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
After the second earthquake, the clock tower began to stagger.
To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
Under severe criticism, the leader began to stagger.
To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
He will stagger the committee when he presents his report.
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.
To arrange similar objects such that each is ahead or above and to one side of the next.
We will stagger the starting positions for the race on the oval track.
To schedule in intervals.
We will stagger the run so the faster runners can go first, then the joggers.
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
to cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail
to begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate
to cause to reel or totter
to cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock
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
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
a disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; appopletic or sleepy staggers
Origin: [OE. stakeren, Icel. stakra to push, to stagger, fr. staka to punt, push, stagger; cf. OD. staggeren to stagger. Cf. Stake, n.]
In aviation, stagger is the horizontal positioning of a biplane, triplane, or multiplane's wings in relation to one another. An aircraft is said to have positive stagger, or simply stagger, when the upper wing is positioned forward of the lower wing, such as the de Havilland Tiger Moth or Stearman. Conversely, an aeroplane is said to have negative stagger in unusual cases where the upper wing is positioned behind the lower wing, as in the Sopwith Dolphin or Beech Model 17 Staggerwing. An aircraft with the wings positioned directly above each other is said to have unstaggered wings, as in the Sopwith Cuckoo or Vickers Vildebeest.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
stag′ėr, v.i. to reel from side to side: to begin to give way: to begin to doubt: to hesitate.—v.t. to cause to reel: to cause to doubt or hesitate: to shock.—adv. Stagg′eringly.—n. Stagg′ers, a popular term applied to several diseases of horses.—Grass, or Stomach, staggers, an acute indigestion; Mad, or Sleepy, staggers, an inflammation of the brain. [Ice. stakra, to push, freq. of staka, to push.]
gagster, gargets, taggers
The numerical value of stagger in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of stagger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
These companies are going to stagger the investments that they are making into their restaurants over a number of years.
If they try to stagger through with a messy and unstable minority government instead of putting the country first then they will risk all the hard work and sacrifices people have made over the last five years, the last thing Britain needs is a second election before Christmas. But that is exactly what will happen if (Labour leader) Ed Miliband and David Cameron put their own political interest ahead of the national interest.
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- titubejar, titubarCatalan, Valencian
- Wanken, wackeln, zweifeln, taumeln, torkeln, SchwankenGerman
- tambalear, tambaleo, vacilarSpanish
- hoipertelu, toikkaroida, hoiperrella, epäröidä, horjuaFinnish
- tituber, chancelerFrench
- döbbenet, botladozik, botladozásHungarian
- barcollare, tentennareItalian
- hīrorirori, hūrori, hīrori, whakatīkorokoro, wherori, hūroriroriMāori
- wankel, twijfelen, wankelen, waggelenDutch
- wahać sięPolish
- cambalear, hesitarPortuguese
- шататься, шатание, колебатьсяRussian
- vackla, raglaSwedish
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