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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
stray (noun)
1.
a) a domestic animal that is wandering at large or is lost
b) a person or thing that - strays
2.
Middle English, from to stray archaic the act of going astray
stray (verb)
intransitive verb
as - wander
a) to wander from company, restraint, or proper limits
b) to roam about without fixed direction or purpose
c) to move in a winding course - meander
d) to move without conscious or intentional effort - eyes straying absently around the room
e) to become distracted from an argument or train of thought - strayed from the point
f) to wander accidentally from a fixed or chosen route
g) - err sin
stray (adjective)
1.
having or escaped from a proper or intended place - strayed a stray dog hit by a stray bullet fixed a few stray hairs
2.
occurring at random or sporadically - a few stray thoughts
3.
not serving any useful purpose - unwanted stray light
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
stray (adjective)
lacking a definite plan, purpose, or pattern
SYNONIMS:
aimless, arbitrary, catch-as-catch-can, desultory, erratic, haphazard, helter-skelter, hit-or-miss, scattered, slapdash, stray
RELATED WORDS:
accidental, casual, chance, chancy, contingent, fluky ( flukey), fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, lucky, unconsidered, unintended, unintentional, unplanned, unpremeditated; scattershot, shotgun; irregular, odd, sporadic, spot; directionless, objectless, purposeless; indiscriminate, unsystematic; undirected; disorderly, disorganized; undiscriminating, unselective
NEAR ANTONYMS:
established, fixed, regular, set, stable, steady; constant, continuous, even; arranged, managed, orchestrated, ordered, planned; aware, conscious, deliberate, purposeful, thoughtful, willful ( wilful)
methodical ( methodic), nonrandom, orderly, organized, regular, systematic, systematized
stray (verb)
to commit an offense
SYNONIMS:
err, fall, sin, stray, transgress, trespass, wander
RELATED WORDS:
breach, break, infringe, violate; backslide, lapse; mess up
NEAR ANTONYMS:
forgive, justify, pardon; regret, repent, rue
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