May 02, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
stray /ˈstreɪ/ verb
stray
/ˈstreɪ/
verb

strays; strayed; straying

The woman's eyes strayed from her computer.
The woman's eyes strayed from her computer.
Learner's definition of STRAY

[no object]

: to go in a direction that is away from a group or from the place where you should be

  • Two cows strayed [=wandered] into the woods.

  • The airplane strayed off course.

— often + from

  • She strayed from the group and got lost.

  • Her eyes strayed from her computer to the window. [=she stopped looking at her computer and began looking at/out the window

— often used figuratively

  • She never strayed [=deviated] from the path her parents envisioned for her.

  • The menu at their house rarely strays (too) far from meat and potatoes.

  • The class discussion strayed [=deviated] from the original topic.

  • a straying husband [=a husband who has sexual relations with a woman who is not his wife]

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