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Definition of Stagger


  1. To move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness; to sway; to reel or totter.
  2. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
  3. To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
  4. To cause to reel or totter.
  5. To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
  6. To arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets of a boiler seam.
  7. An unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing, as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo; -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man.
  8. A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; appopletic or sleepy staggers.
  9. Bewilderment; perplexity.

Stagger Quotations

Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us.
Daniel Burnham

When he was born, I looked at my little boy and felt an unconditional love I never knew was inside me. As he grew, and I watched him stagger about, squeak his first words, and turn into a beautiful little boy, that feeling did not change.
Tony Parsons

Google is where we go for answers. People used to go elsewhere or, more likely, stagger along not knowing.
James Gleick

I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
David Antin

Go now, verses, on your light feet, you have not trodden hard on the old earth where the graves laugh when they see their guests, the one corpse stacked on top of the other. Go now and stagger to her whom I do not know.
Hugo Claus
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Stagger Translations

stagger in French is tituber
stagger in German is wanken, Staffelung, staffeln
stagger in Spanish is tambaleo
stagger in Swedish is vackla, stappla, ragla
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