Stagger Definition

stăgər
staggered, staggering, staggers
verb
staggered, staggering, staggers
To move unsteadily, as though about to collapse; totter, sway, or reel, as from a blow, fatigue, drunkenness, etc.
Webster's New World
To cause to stagger, as with a blow.
Webster's New World
To lose determination, strength of purpose, etc.; hesitate; waver.
Webster's New World
To affect strongly with astonishment, horror, grief, etc.; overwhelm.
Webster's New World
To set, arrange, or incline alternately, as on either side of a line; make zigzag or alternating.
To stagger the teeth of a saw.
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noun
staggers
The act of staggering, or reeling, tottering, etc.
Webster's New World
A staggered or zigzag arrangement.
Webster's New World
Any of several diseases or toxic conditions of horses, cattle, etc., characterized by a loss of coordination, and by staggering, falling, etc.
Webster's New World

An unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing, as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo; -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man.

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Other Word Forms of Stagger

Noun

Singular:
stagger
Plural:
staggers

Origin of Stagger

  • Alteration of Middle English stakeren from Old Norse stakra frequentative of staka to push

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse stakra (to push).

    From Wiktionary

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