Stag·ger v. i. [imp. & p. p. Staggered p. pr. & vb. n. Staggering.]
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.
Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow. --Dryden.
2. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail. “The enemy staggers.”
3. To begin to doubt and waver in purpose; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief. --Rom. iv. 20.
Stag·ger, v. t.
1. To cause to reel or totter.
That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire
That staggers thus my person. --Shak.
2. To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
Whosoever will read the story of this war will find himself much staggered. --Howell.
Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger credibility. --Burke.
3. 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.
1. 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.
2. pl. Far. A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apopletic or sleepy staggers.
3. pl. Bewilderment; perplexity. [R.]
Stomach staggers Far., distention of the stomach with food or gas, resulting in indigestion, frequently in death.
n : an unsteady uneven gait [syn: lurch, stumble]
v 1: walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken
man staggered into the room" [syn: reel, keel, lurch,
2: walk with great difficulty; "He staggered along in the heavy
snow" [syn: flounder]
3: to arrange in a systematic order; "stagger the chairs in the
lecture hall" [syn: distribute]
4: astound or overwhelm, as with shock; "She was staggered with
bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the