(noun, adjective, verb)


1. not close together in time

- a few stray crumbs

Similar word(s): sporadic, isolated

2. (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home

- a stray calf

- a stray dog

Similar word(s): lost

Sentences with stray as an adjective:

- a stray comma


1. an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

Definition categories: animal


1. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Similar word(s): cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. wander from a direct course or at random

- The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her

Similar word(s): drift, err

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

3. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

Similar word(s): digress, divagate, wander

Definition categories: communication, tell