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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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, to stray; see stray.

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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").

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