Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In a straddling position; astride.
  • adverb Across or over both sides.
  • preposition So as to straddle or bridge; astride.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a straddling position; with one leg on each side of something; astride: as, to sit astraddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a straddling position; astride; bestriding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a straddling position; astride.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb with one leg on each side

Etymologies

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Examples

  • French calf; heel one inch high, with steel nails; countered outside; straps narrow, of fine French calf put on "astraddle," and set down to the top of the back.

    Woodcraft

  • Ali was astraddle her with one knee in the small of her back.

    Fatal Error

  • Ali was astraddle her with one knee in the small of her back.

    Fatal Error

  • "We're just not having fun," says Katherine during one date, apparently putting an end to the affair; but a few minutes later James is "supine on the bed with her astraddle him," in one of Spring's many vigorous, but not unequivocally joyful, bedroom scenes.

    The Pursuit of Okayness

  • He grabbed a chair with one hand, spun it around, and sat down astraddle it across from Tully.

    The Huckleberry Murders

  • He pulled out a chair, spun it around, and sat down astraddle it, his big arms resting on the back.

    The Huckleberry Murders

  • In the first inning, Mays stepped to the plate and assumed his classic stance—legs astraddle, weight equally divided between both legs, the bat held high.

    WILLIE MAYS

  • So I looked again at Bayard, who stood astraddle the heap of abandoned clothing, looking back at me.

    Virginity

  • He pulled out a chair, spun it around, and sat down astraddle it, his big arms resting on the back.

    The Huckleberry Murders

  • He grabbed a chair with one hand, spun it around, and sat down astraddle it across from Tully.

    The Huckleberry Murders

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