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stagger (overwhelm)

Definition:

to astound or overwhelm, as with shock

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

staggered

Present participle:

staggering

3rd-person singular present:

staggers

Type of:

overwhelm » arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake

Etymology:

altered from stakeren (about 1300), from Old Norse stakra or Old Danish stagra,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of stagger...

Definition references

Wiktionary:

stagger | staggers [plural] | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | vertigo [synonym, sense-specific] | bewilderment [synonym, sense-specific] | perplexity [synonym, sense-specific]

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. | A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or ... (45 of 260 words, 12 definitions, 7 usage examples, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stagger

Collins Dictionary:

stagger | staggerer [noun, derived]

[intransitive verb] to walk or cause to walk unsteadily as if about to fall | [transitive] to astound or overwhelm, as with shock | [transitive] to ... (24 of 566 words, 7 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stagger

Random House Dictionary:

stagger | staggers [sense-specific] | blind staggers [synonym, sense-specific]

to walk, move, or stand unsteadily. | to falter or begin to give way, as in an argument or fight. | to waver or begin to doubt, as in purpose or ... (29 of 283 words, 13 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stagger

Oxford Dictionary:

stagger | staggerer [derived] | staggeringly [derived]

walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall | [with object and adverbial of direction] : continue in existence or operation uncertainly or ... (23 of 276 words, 10 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stagger

American Heritage Dictionary:

stagger | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | staggers [3rd-person singular present] | blind staggers [sense-specific] | staggerer [noun, related] | staggery [adjective, related]

To move or stand unsteadily, as if under a great weight; totter. | To begin to lose confidence or strength of purpose; waver. | To cause to totter, ... (26 of 232 words, 12 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stagger

Merriam-Webster:

stagger [entry 1, verb] | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | hesitate [synonym, sense-specific] | perplex [synonym, sense-specific] | totter [synonym, sense-specific] | careen [synonym, sense-specific] | dodder [synonym, sense-specific] | lurch [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to reel from side to side; "totter" ; to move on unsteadily | to waver in purpose or action; "hesitate" | to rock violently | to cause to doubt or ... (27 of 222 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stagger

stagger [entry 2, noun]

[plural] an abnormal condition of domestic animals associated with damage ... | a reeling or unsteady gait or stance | an arrangement in which the ... (23 of 87 words, 3 definitions)

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stagger [entry 3, adjective]

marked by an alternating or overlapping pattern (7 of 18 words)

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Wikipedia:

Staggered [disambiguation] | Stagger

may refer to: Staggered, walking unsteadily | Stagger (aviation), the horizontal positioning of a plane's wings | Stagger, a motorsport term for the difference in size between right and left tires | Staggered Board of Directors, a method of electing ... (37 of 182 words, 11 definitions)

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New World Dictionary:

stagger | staggerer [noun, related]

to move unsteadily, as though about to collapse; totter, sway, or reel, as from a blow, fatigue, drunkenness, etc. | to lose determination, strength ... (23 of 172 words, 10 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stagger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stagger | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | staggers [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to walk in an uncontrolled way, as if you are going to fall over | [transitive] to surprise and shock someone | [intransitive] to ... (23 of 162 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stagger

stagger [singular, noun]

a way of walking in which you stagger (8 of 32 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

stagger [entry 1]

to walk or move with difficulty as if you are going to fall (13 of 59 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stagger 1

stagger [entry 2]

to cause someone to feel shocked or surprised because of something unexpected or very unusual happening (16 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stagger 2

stagger [entry 3]

to arrange, especially hours of work, holidays or events, so that they begin at different times from those of other people | If a race has a staggered ... (27 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stagger 3

stagger [entry 4]

when you walk or move with difficulty as if you are going to fall (14 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stagger 4

Columbia Encyclopedia:

transmission | clutch

in automobiles, system of parts connecting the engine to the wheels. Suitable torque, or turning force, is generated by the engine only within a ... (24 of 673 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

clutch [machine component]

device for quickly and easily connecting or disconnecting a pair of rotatable coaxial shafts. Clutches are usually placed between the driving motor ... (22 of 222 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/122640​/clutch

Encarta Dictionary:

stagger | staggers [plural] | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle]

to move or walk unsteadily, almost but not quite falling over | to make a person or animal stumble or nearly fall, especially by a blow | to ... (26 of 226 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714391​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

stagger

First use: 1520s

Origin: altered from stakeren (about 1300), from Old Norse stakra or Old Danish stagra, both "to push, stagger". Cognate with Dutch ... (21 of 52 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

stagger

Origin: Middle English stakeren from Old Norse stakra, to totter, intensive of staka, to push (for Indo-European base see "stake"): akin ... (20 of 30 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

stagger

Origin: late Middle English (as a verb): alteration of dialect stacker, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka "push, stagger". ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stagger

American Heritage Dictionary:

stagger | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | staggers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Alteration of Middle English stakeren, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka, to push.

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Collins Dictionary:

stagger

First use: 13th century

Origin: dialect stacker, from Old Norse staka to push

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stagger

Wiktionary:

stagger | staggers [plural] | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle]

Origin: Old Norse stakra (to push).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stagger

Merriam-Webster:

stagger [entry 1, verb] | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: alteration of earlier stacker, from Middle English stakeren, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka to push; ... (19 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stagger

Encarta Dictionary:

stagger | staggers [plural] | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Alteration of obsolete stacker from Old Norse stakkra from staka "push" from Germanic, "pole"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714391​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

stagger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stagger"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stagger

Macmillan American Dictionary:

stagger | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | staggers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stagger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/stagger

stagger [singular, noun]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stagger"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

stagger | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | staggers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stagger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stagger

stagger [singular, noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stagger"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

stagger [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stagger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stagger"

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the Free Dictionary:

stagger

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "stagger"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "stagger"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "stagger" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

stagger | staggered [past tense] | staggering [present participle] | staggers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "stagger"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=stagger

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stagger

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stagger"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=stagge​01 word=stagger

YourDictionary Audio:

stagger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stagger" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stagger

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