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1 [no object] walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall:he staggered to his feet, swaying a little [with adverbial of direction] continue in existence or operation uncertainly or precariously:the council staggered from one crisis to the next archaic waver in purpose; hesitate. [with object] archaic (of a blow) cause (someone) to walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall:the collision staggered her and she fell 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 repair 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 arrange (objects or parts of an object) in a zigzag order or so that they are not in line:stagger the screws at each joint
noun [in singular]
1an unsteady walk or movement:she walked with a stagger 2an arrangement of things in a zigzag order or so that they are not in line.