Stagger Stag"ger (-g[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Staggered} (-g[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staggering}.] [OE. stakeren, Icel. stakra to push, to stagger, fr. staka to punt, push, stagger; cf. OD. staggeren to stagger. Cf. {Stake}, n.] 1. To move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness; to sway; to reel or totter. [1913 Webster]

Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail. ``The enemy staggers.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To begin to doubt and waver in purpose; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate. [1913 Webster]

He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief. --Rom. iv. 20. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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