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STAGGER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stagger mean? 

STAGGER (noun)
  The noun STAGGER has 1 sense:

1. an unsteady uneven gait

  Familiarity information: STAGGER used as a noun is very rare.


STAGGER (verb)
  The verb STAGGER has 4 senses:

1. walk as if unable to control one's movements
2. walk with great difficulty
3. to arrange in a systematic order
4. astound or overwhelm, as with shock

  Familiarity information: STAGGER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STAGGER (noun)


Sense 1stagger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unsteady uneven gait

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

lurch; stagger; stumble

Hypernyms ("stagger" is a kind of...):

gait (a person's manner of walking)


STAGGER (verb)


Sense 1stagger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Walk as if unable to control one's movements

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

stagger; reel; lurch; keel; careen; swag

Context example:

The drunken man staggered into the room

Hypernyms (to "stagger" is one way to...):

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2stagger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Walk with great difficulty

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

flounder; stagger

Context example:

He staggered along in the heavy snow

Hypernyms (to "stagger" is one way to...):

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The children stagger to the playground


Sense 3stagger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To arrange in a systematic order

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

stagger; distribute

Context example:

stagger the chairs in the lecture hall

Hypernyms (to "stagger" is one way to...):

arrange; set up (put into a proper or systematic order)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4stagger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Astound or overwhelm, as with shock

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake

Hypernyms (to "stagger" is one way to...):

overcome; overpower; overtake; overwhelm; sweep over; whelm (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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