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stray
British English: /streɪ/
American English: /streɪ/

Translation of stray in German:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (wander)
    [figurative] (in thought etc.) abschweifen (into in) + Akk.
    stray [away] from
    sich absondern von
    the child had strayed from his parents
    das Kind war seinen Eltern weggelaufen
    stray into enemy territory
    sich auf feindliches Gebiet verirren
  • 2
    (move in meandering course) (Auto)
    schlingern
    (move without deliberate control)my gaze kept straying to the wart on his nose
    mein Blick wanderte immer wieder zu der Warze auf seiner Nase
    he could not control his straying hands
    er konnte seine Hände einfach nicht bei sich behalten
  • 3
    (deviate) abweichen (from von)
    have strayed
    sich verirrt haben
    stray from the path of virtue he had strayed once
    einmal war er vom Wege abgekommen [figurative]
    stray from the point/from or off the road
    vom Thema/von der Straße abkommen
    somehow I strayed into acting/the theatre
    irgendwie habe ich mich aufs Schauspielern verlegt/bin ich am Theater gelandet

noun

  • (animal)
    streunendes Tier
    (without owner)
    herrenloses Tier
    (person)
    (Streuner der, Streunerin die) [derogatory]
    waif

adjective

  • 1
    streunend
    (without owner)
    herrenlos
    (out of proper place)
    verirrt
  • 3
    (Physics)
    streuend

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