Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘distant from the correct path’): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, based on Latin extraadverbjump to other results
BrE BrE//əˈstreɪ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈstreɪ//
- 1to become lost; to be stolen Several letters went astray or were not delivered. We locked up our valuables so they would not go astray.
- 2to go in the wrong direction or to have the wrong result Fortunately the gunman's shots went astray. Jack's parents thought the other boys might lead him astray (= make him do things that are wrong). The argument is so complex, a reader might easily go astray.
go astrayjump to other results