- 1straddle something/somebody to sit or stand with one of your legs on either side of somebody/something He swung his leg over the motorcycle, straddling it easily.
- 2straddle something to cross, or exist on both sides of, a river, a road or an area of land The mountains straddle the French-Swiss border.
- 3straddle something to exist within, or include, different periods of time, activities or groups of people a writer who straddles two cultures Word Origin mid 16th cent.: alteration of dialect striddle, back-formation from dialect striddling ‘astride’, from stride + the adverbial suffix -ling.
BrE BrE//ˈstrædl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straddle
BrE BrE//ˈstrædl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædl//he / she / it straddles
BrE BrE//ˈstrædlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædlz//past simple straddled
BrE BrE//ˈstrædld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædld//past participle straddled
BrE BrE//ˈstrædld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædld//-ing form straddling
BrE BrE//ˈstrædlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædlɪŋ//