Variant of stagger
- to move unsteadily, as though about to collapse; totter, sway, or reel, as from a blow, fatigue, drunkenness, etc.
- to lose determination, strength of purpose, etc.; hesitate; waver
Origin of staggerMiddle English stakeren ; from Old Norse stakra, to totter, intensive of staka, to push (for Indo-European base see stake): akin to and amp; probably influenced, influence in form by Middle Dutch staggeren
- to cause to stagger, as with a blow
- to affect strongly with astonishment, horror, grief, etc.; overwhelm
- to set, arrange, or incline alternately, as on either side of a line; make zigzag or alternating: to stagger the teeth of a saw
- to arrange (periods of activity, duties, etc.) so as to avoid crowding: to stagger employees' vacations
- Aeron. to set or arrange (airfoils, rotors, etc.) so that one is slightly ahead of another
- the act of staggering, or reeling, tottering, etc.
- a staggered or zigzag arrangement
- any of several diseases or toxic conditions of horses, cattle, etc., characterized by a loss of coordination, and by staggering, falling, etc.: often with the