from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Away from the correct path or direction. See Synonyms at amiss.
  • adv. Away from the right or good, as in thought or behavior; straying to or into wrong or evil ways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a wrong or unknown and wrongly-motivated direction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Out of the right, either in a literal or in a figurative sense; wandering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go out of the right way; go astray; stray.
  • Out of the right way or proper place, either literally or figuratively; wandering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. far from the intended target
  • adv. away from the right path or direction


Middle English, from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, to stray; see stray.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English astraien or by apheresis straien, from Old French estraier ("to stray"), from late Medieval Latin of extravagari ("to wander beyond"), from Latin extra ("beyond") + vagari ("to wander, stray"). (Wiktionary)



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