from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move or stand unsteadily, as if under a great weight; totter.
- intransitive v. To begin to lose confidence or strength of purpose; waver.
- transitive v. To cause to totter, sway, or reel: The blow staggered him.
- transitive v. To overwhelm with emotion or astonishment.
- transitive v. To cause to waver or lose confidence.
- transitive v. To place on or as if on alternating sides of a center line; set in a zigzag row or rows: theater seats that were staggered for clear viewing.
- transitive v. To arrange in alternating or overlapping time periods: staggered the nurses' shifts.
- transitive v. To arrange (the wings of a biplane) so that the leading edge of one wing is either ahead of or behind the leading edge of the other wing.
- transitive v. Sports To arrange (the start of a race) with the starting point in the outside lanes progressively closer to the finish line so as to neutralize the advantage of competing in the shorter inside lanes.
- n. A tottering, swaying, or reeling motion.
- n. A staggered pattern, arrangement, or order.
- n. Any of various diseases of the nervous system in animals, especially horses, cattle, or other domestic animals, characterized by a lack of coordination in moving, a staggering gait, and frequent falling. Also called blind staggers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apoplectic or sleepy staggers.
- n. bewilderment; perplexity.
- v. sway unsteadily, reel, or totter
- v. doubt, waver, be shocked
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
- intransitive v. To begin to doubt and waver in purpose; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
- transitive v. To cause to reel or totter.
- transitive v. To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
- transitive v. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling
- n. Bewilderment; perplexity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To walk or stand unsteadily; reel; totter.
- To hesitate; begin to doubt or waver in purpose; falter; become less confident or determined; waver; vacillate.
- Synonyms Totter, etc. See reel.
- To cause to reel, totter, falter, or be unsteady; shake.
- To cause to hesitate, waver, or doubt; fill with doubts or misgivings; make less steady, determined, or confident.
- To arrange in a zigzag order; specifically, in wheel-making, to set (the spokes) in the hub alternately inside and outside (or more or less to one side of) a line drawn round the hub.
- n. A sudden tottering motion, swing, or reel of the body as if one were about to fall, as through tripping, giddiness, or intoxication.
- n. plural One of various forms of functional and organic disease of the brain and spinal cord in domesticated animals, especially horses and cattle: more fully called blind staggers.
- n. Hence plural A feeling of giddiness, reeling, or unsteadiness; a sensation which causes reeling.
- n. plural Perplexities; doubts; bewilderment; confusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. walk as if unable to control one's movements
- n. an unsteady uneven gait
- v. to arrange in a systematic order
- v. astound or overwhelm, as with shock
- v. walk with great difficulty
Alteration of Middle English stakeren, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka, to push.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse stakra (to push). (Wiktionary)