stray

Little Red Riding Hood strayed from the path and ended up getting eaten by the Big Bad Wolf. When you stray, you wander off without paying attention to where you're going, and sometimes you get in trouble.

Stray can be used as a verb or as a noun. Your attention may stray when you're tired and listening to a very boring lecture. You may be the kind of person who brings home strays, the dogs and cats that have wandered away from their homes and are lost and hungry. When you're organizing your sock drawer and you've got one sock without a mate, you might find the stray sock left behind in the dryer.

Definitions of stray
1

v wander from a direct course or at random

“The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her”
Synonyms:
drift, err
cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Synonyms:
cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
drift, err
wander from a direct course or at random
wander
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
Types:
maunder
wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around
wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

Synonyms:
digress, divagate, wander
Type of:
tell
let something be known

n an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

Type of:
domestic animal, domesticated animal
any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment

adj (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home

“a stray calf”
“a stray dog”
Synonyms:
lost
no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered

adj not close together in time

“a few stray crumbs”
Synonyms:
isolated
sporadic
recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

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