Definition of stray adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//streɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//streɪ//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1(of animals normally kept as pets) away from home and lost; having no home stray dogs
  2. 2separated from other things or people of the same kind A civilian was killed by a stray bullet. a few stray hairs
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Anglo-Norman French and Old French estrayer (verb), Anglo-Norman French strey (noun), partly from astray.
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