stagger - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ˈstæɡə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theystagger
he/she/itstaggers
present participlestaggering
past tensestaggered
past participlestaggered
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to walk in an uncontrolled way, as if you are going to fall over

    She staggered and fell.

    stagger backwards/towards/into/out of:

    He gave her a slight push, and she staggered backwards.

    Ruth staggered out of her bedroom to pick up the phone.

    stagger to your feet:

    The man staggered to his feet and ran away.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to surprise and shock someone

    Rory was staggered by his answer.

  3. 5
    [transitive] to arrange objects so that they are not at the same height or are not in a straight line