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From a newspaper article:
A 9-year-old boy was wounded by a stray bullet...
This means that they don't know where the bullet came from.
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My wife and I rescued a stray dog.
A stray dog has no home. We don't know where a stray dog comes from.

In the first example we saw "stray bullet". Now we see "stray dog". We can see that stray is often used as an adjective. Feel free to add more sentences with "stray" by clicking "post reply". Or click "new topic" to begin discussing another word.

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stray (as a verb)

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Don't stray too far off the hiking trail.
This sounds like a warning. :!: We are supposed to follow the trail and not leave it. Perhaps it is dangerous outside of the trail area, so we are told to stay on course and not accidentally get lost.


In this sentence, "stray" is used as a verb. It means to wander or go around without a fixed direction or purpose.

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