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Synonyms for stray
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Wiktionary

  1. strayverb

    Synonyms:
    deviate

  2. strayverb

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

    Synonyms:
    deviate

  3. strayverb

    In the wrong place; misplaced.

    a stray comma

    Synonyms:
    deviate

  4. strayverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. strayadjective

    an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

    Antonyms:
    continual, found

  2. isolated, strayadjective

    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. strayverb

    (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, vagabondverb

    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, driftverb

    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, wanderverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. strayverb

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

  2. strayverb

    Synonyms:
    swerve (from rectitude), err

  3. straynoun

    Synonyms:
    estray

  4. strayadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. straynoun

    Synonyms:
    estray, waif

  2. strayverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "stray":

    wandering, parasite, vagrant, homeless, vagabond

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How to use stray in a sentence?

  1. Peter Smithhisler:

    It's about the constant re-education of our membership, and we have to be diligent in addressing our community members, sharing with them our expectations, teaching them about our values and acceptable behaviors and holding individuals accountable when they stray from that.

  2. Zach Black:

    We take in abandoned, stray and abused animals and find them new homes and that would have been the outcome we would have liked for this dog.

  3. 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.

  4. Jules Gill-Peterson:

    Regardless of what kind of sex and gender system existed in a particular society at a given time, there are pretty much consistently always folks who stray from those norms.

  5. Pen Farthing:

    On every single street corner in Kabul you will find stray dogs, to be able to get that animal home to them, it closes the loop. ... They don't want to just abandon that animal.


Translations for stray

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  • blouditCzech
  • streunen, sich verlaufen, sich irren, Streuner, irren, streunend, verloren gehenGerman
  • αδέσποτο, αδέσποτοςGreek
  • descaminarse, perderse, callejear, descarriarse, vagar, callejero, extraviado, extraviarse, vagabundear, errar, divagarSpanish
  • منحرف شدنPersian
  • yhteislaidun, harhautua, eksyä, karata, karkulainen, poiketa, eksynyt, karkaaminen, karannut, harhailu, hairahtuaFinnish
  • [[animal]] [[errant]], errer, égaré, errant, commun, erranceFrench
  • fuadainScottish Gaelic
  • kóborHungarian
  • snodare, vagante, perdersi, zigzagare, randagio, snodarsi, estraniarsi, vagareItalian
  • ストレイJapanese
  • strayLatin
  • dwalenDutch
  • bezdomny, zbłąkanyPolish
  • desgarradoPortuguese
  • бродячий, плутать, бездомный, сбиваться с пути, блуждать, свернуть, сворачивать, сбиться с пути, шальной, заблудитьсяRussian
  • zatúlaný, túlavý, zblúdiť, túlať sa, potulovať saSlovak
  • arrakatAlbanian
  • தவறானTamil
  • yoldan sapmak, başıboş, başıboş dolaşmak, yanılmak, başıboş dolaşan, kaybolmakTurkish
  • 流浪Chinese

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