Stray Stray, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Strayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straying}.] [OF. estraier, estraer, to stray, or as adj., stray, fr. (assumed) L. stratarius roving the streets, fr. L. strata (sc. via) a paved road. See {Street}, and {Stray}, a.] 1. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way. [1913 Webster]

Thames among the wanton valleys strays. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

2. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray. [1913 Webster]

Now, until the break of day, Through this house each fairy stray. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A sheep doth very often stray. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err. [1913 Webster]

We have erred and strayed from thy ways. --??? of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

While meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To deviate; err; swerve; rove; roam; wander. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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