- 1 [no object] Walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall: he staggered to his feet, swaying a littleMore example sentences
- They fall into taxis or stagger happily on down to the Nitelink bus and sing all the way home.
- Adam withdrew his hand and stepped back and clenched his fist and as Joe sprung at him he threw a punch that sent Joe staggering backwards and falling back into the dirt.
- I cried out in pain, staggering back and falling on my back to the ground.
- 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Continue in existence or operation uncertainly or precariously: the council staggered from one crisis to the nextMore example sentences
- Global markets continue to stagger from one perceived crisis to the next.
- A succession of weak Prime Ministers and lack-lustre governments saw the country stagger from bad to worse.
- And most importantly, letting the treaty stagger on along a Via Dolorosa of months of rejection is dangerous.
- 1.3 [with object] • archaic (Of a blow) cause (someone) to walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall: the collision staggered her and she fellMore example sentences
- These rather horrified thoughts flew into my head at just about the moment that his own uppercut staggered me back and into the wall.
- Ryu's world exploded into stars as the blow connected with the side of his head, staggering him.
- Kanyanta could have knocked out his opponent but Hara stood his ground even after being decked by hard blows to the head that only staggered him.
- 2 [with object] Astonish or deeply shock: I was staggered to find it was six o’clock (as adjective staggering) the staggering bills for maintenance and repairMore example sentences
- Wilson is determined to stun and stagger us with the knowledge of how little we know, how much we have only just begun to discover.
- Along the way, even those of us well versed in some of the more astonishing feats of animal cognition will be staggered.
- The expansive gallery, which is housed in the top two floors of the Mori Tower, commands staggering views all the way to Mount Fuji.
- 3 [with object] Arrange (events, payments, hours, etc.) so that they do not occur at the same time; spread over a period of time: meetings are staggered throughout the day
- 3.1Arrange (objects or parts of an object) in a zigzag order or so that they are not in line: stagger the screws at each jointMore example sentences
- In Block C especially the roof line is staggered.
- If you are running four rods, it is a good idea to cover a few different depths by staggering lines every 15 to 20 feet until you begin to hit fish.
- The rear shocks have been staggered, one fixed forward from the axle, the other one tilting back.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- 1An unsteady walk or movement: she walked with a staggerMore example sentences
- He has everything right - the stagger of the man walking, the drape of the man sitting, the accusatory point of the man's finger.
- Many would probably prefer to be only a short walk from the office in the morning and a drunken stagger back from the bars at night.
- Most of the mercenaries were dispersing, slowly walking, although for some it was more of a stagger, down the streets bragging to one another.
- 2An arrangement of things in a zigzag order or so that they are not in line.More example sentences
- This arrangement produces a systematic stagger between the adjacent lattices as shown in Fig.5, A.
- Collagen fibrils are well known to be assemblies of parallel collagen molecules arranged with a longitudinal stagger according to the Hodge-Petruska scheme.
- A consequence of this stagger on the x-ray diffraction pattern would be a marked enhancement of the 1.1 and 2.2 reflections.
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- The staggerer was mumbling half words and syllables with too many ‘r's in, as the tall guy looked round.
- What or who created the environment that would allow unconstitutional sobriety checkpoints, bar raids and the incarceration of staggerers?
- [as submodifier]: a staggeringly unjust societyMore example sentences
- Jason Gore, the 818-ranked Californian, played staggeringly well yesterday and refused to fold the way most of us thought he would.
- Those rates of return can be staggeringly high (and the costs of entry into the market relatively low).
- But mostly, everything was gorgeous because couple was humble, sweet and staggeringly in love.
late Middle English (as a verb): alteration of dialect stacker, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka 'push, stagger'. The noun dates from the late 16th century.