Definition of Stagger

Stag´ger   Pronunciation: ~gẽr
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Staggered (-gẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Staggering.]
Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow.
- Dryden.
2.To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
3.To begin to doubt and waver in purpose; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.
- Rom. iv. 20.
v. t.1.To cause to reel or totter.
2.To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
Whosoever will read the story of this war will find himself much staggered.
- Howell.
Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger credibility.
- Burke.
3.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.1.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.
2.(Far.) A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apopletic or sleepy staggers.
3.Bewilderment; perplexity.
Stomach staggers
(Far.) distention of the stomach with food or gas, resulting in indigestion, frequently in death.

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