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Synonyms for stray
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stray(adj)

    an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

    Antonyms:
    continual, found

  2. isolated, stray(adj)

    not close together in time

    "isolated instances of rebellion"; "a few stray crumbs"

    Synonyms:
    stranded, set-apart, apart(p), separated, detached, marooned, quarantined, isolated, obscure, disjunct

    Antonyms:
    found, continual

  3. stray(verb)

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

    "a stray calf"; "a stray dog"

    Synonyms:
    isolated

    Antonyms:
    found, continual

  4. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond(verb)

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The 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"

    Synonyms:
    roam, project, hustle, wrap, verify, spue, redact, affirm, drift, draw, cast off, wave, array, assert, wander, cheat on, mold, float, cast, put, twine, slog, turn over, avow, cheat, throw away, frame, place, roll up, seethe, pasture, crop, vomit up, browse, chuck, mould, roll, throw up, contrive, retch, purge, rate, betray, tramp, disgorge, swear, plod, meander, flap, blow, lay out, pad, shed, wheel, shake off, barf, graze, weave, wind, range, vagabond, swan, rank, grade, couch, thread, pluck, freewheel, rove, be adrift, ramble, regurgitate, cuckold, throw off, straddle, throw, cat, vomit, ramble on, revolve, order, hurtle, spew, honk, roll out, regorge, drop, set out, aver, run, jog, hurl, trudge, err, upchuck, footslog, be sick, undulate, digress, sick, divagate, puke

    Antonyms:
    continual, found

  5. stray, err, drift(verb)

    wander from a direct course or at random

    "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"

    Synonyms:
    ramble, rove, range, divagate, err, cast, roam, be adrift, swan, roll, digress, drift, wander, slip, freewheel, blow, tramp, mistake, vagabond, float

    Antonyms:
    continual, found

  6. digress, stray, divagate, wander(verb)

    lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

    "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture"

    Synonyms:
    sidetrack, cheat on, ramble, rove, range, divagate, err, cast, betray, thread, cheat, roam, wind, roll, digress, swan, wander, cuckold, drift, depart, straggle, weave, tramp, meander, vagabond

    Antonyms:
    continual, found

Wiktionary

  1. stray(verb)

    Synonyms:
    deviate

  2. stray(verb)

    Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.

    Synonyms:
    deviate

  3. stray(verb)

    In the wrong place; misplaced.

    a stray comma

    Synonyms:
    deviate

  4. stray(verb)

    Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.

    Synonyms:
    deviate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stray

    To wander (Anglo-Saxon windan, wind) is to move in an indefinite or indeterminate way which may or may not be a departure from a prescribed way; to deviate (Latin de, from, and via, a way) is to turn from a prescribed or right way, physically, mentally, or morally, usually in an unfavorable sense; to diverge (Latin di, apart, and vergo, incline, tend) is to turn from a course previously followed or that something else follows, and has no unfavorable implication; to digress (Latin di, apart, aside, and gradior, step) is used only with reference to speaking or writing; to err is used of intellectual or moral action, and of the moral with primary reference to the intellectual, an error being viewed as in some degree due to ignorance. Range, roam, and rove imply the traversing of considerable, often of vast, distances of land or sea; range commonly implies a purpose; as, cattle range for food; a hunting-dog ranges a field for game. Roam and rove are often purposeless, and always without definite aim. To swerve or veer is to turn suddenly from a prescribed or previous course, and often but momentarily; veer is more capricious and repetitious; the horse swerves at the flash of a sword; the wind veers; the ship veers with the wind. To stray is to go in a somewhat purposeless way aside from the regular path or usual limits or abode, usually with unfavorable implication; cattle stray from their pastures; an author strays from his subject; one strays from the path of virtue. Stray is in most uses a lighter word than wander. Ramble, in its literal use, is always a word of pleasant suggestion, but in its figurative use always somewhat contemptuous; as, rambling talk.

    Synonyms:
    deviate, digress, diverge, err, go astray, ramble, range, roam, rove, swerve, veer, wander

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stray

    Synonyms:
    wander, deviate, digress, ramble, go astray, err, depart, rove

    Antonyms:
    adhere, abide, stick

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. stray(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    wander, rove, ramble, range, roam, straggle, stroll, deviate, digress, go out of the way, go astray

  2. stray(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    swerve (from rectitude), err

  3. stray(n.)

    Synonyms:
    estray

  4. stray(a.)

    Synonyms:
    [Colloquial.] straying, wandering, gone astray

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. stray(n)

    Synonyms:
    estray, waif

  2. stray(v)

    Synonyms:
    wander, rove, roam, swerve, deviate, err, sin

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "stray":

    wandering, parasite, vagrant, homeless, vagabond

How to pronounce stray?

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How to say stray in sign language?

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How to use stray in a sentence?

  1. Jim Watson:

    We're on the Mississippi River, so there's going to have to be geese and ducks that are contaminated coming down that flyway, even though we have very few chicken farms on the water, those birds are going to stray all over the state during hunting season.

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    Look, people are going to make stray comments after meetings, if I paid attention to what the press said, I’d go nuts, and I refuse to do that.

  3. Aung San Suu Kyi:

    We will try to win the election in the right way. Don't stray from the right way because of the rumors and dirty provocations. It is the time to compete against the negative people with our strong spirit.

  4. Jacob McAfee:

    The crews said she was covered in fleas and smelled really bad. You could tell she had been out wandering for quite a while, it was obvious that she was abandoned or a stray.

  5. bprincess10:

    When in despair, we tend to stray. Be optimistic, redemption is not far away!


Translations for stray

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • blouditCzech
  • streunend, Streuner, streunen, sich verlaufen, sich irren, irren, verloren gehenGerman
  • αδέσποτος, αδέσποτοGreek
  • vagar, callejear, perderse, descaminarse, callejero, errar, divagar, vagabundear, extraviarse, descarriarse, extraviadoSpanish
  • منحرف شدنPersian
  • karannut, harhailu, karkaaminen, eksynyt, poiketa, karata, eksyä, karkulainen, yhteislaidun, harhautua, hairahtuaFinnish
  • errance, commun, égaré, errer, errant, [[animal]] [[errant]]French
  • fuadainScottish Gaelic
  • kóborHungarian
  • randagio, vagare, snodare, estraniarsi, vagante, snodarsi, zigzagare, perdersiItalian
  • ストレイJapanese
  • strayLatin
  • dwalenDutch
  • zbłąkany, bezdomnyPolish
  • desgarradoPortuguese
  • бродячий, заблудиться, плутать, бездомный, сбиться с пути, шальной, сворачивать, свернуть, блуждать, сбиваться с путиRussian
  • túlavý, zblúdiť, zatúlaný, túlať sa, potulovať saSlovak
  • arrakatAlbanian
  • தவறானTamil
  • başıboş dolaşmak, yanılmak, başıboş dolaşan, yoldan sapmak, kaybolmak, başıboşTurkish
  • 流浪Chinese

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