- 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: Middle English ; from past participle of Old French estraier, stray
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- Away from the correct path or direction. See Synonyms at amiss.
- Away from the right or good, as in thought or behavior; straying to or into wrong or evil ways.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, to stray; see stray.
- a·strayˈ adjective