Astray is defined as not being on the right route or not going in the right direction.
If a bullet does not hit the target, that is an example of astray.
- off the right path or way; wandering
- in error
Origin of astrayMiddle English from past participle of Old French estraier, stray
- Away from the correct path or direction: an improperly addressed letter that went astray.
- Away from the right or good, as in thought or behavior; straying to or into wrong or evil ways.
Origin of astrayMiddle English from Old French estraie past participle of estraier to stray ; see stray .