Strays are animals that have been lost or abandoned by their owners. They may be wandering around aimlessly or they may be living on the streets.

  • There were a lot of strays living on the streets, and the city was trying to find a way to get them all fixed.

  • The stray dog was looking for its owner, but it didn't have any luck.

Definition of strays


Any domestic animal that has no enclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray.


One who is lost, either literally or metaphorically.


The act of wandering or going astray.


An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "the stray"


To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.


To wander from one's limits; to rove or roam at large; to go astray.


To wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.


To cause to stray.

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Example Sentences for strays

  • 1

    He was told not to stray.

  • 2

    It should not be strayed from the place.

  • 3

    The mark is strayed from the proper spot.

  • 4

    I asked you not to stray from the place.

  • 5

    Why did it stray from the original place

  • 6

    I will not accept you to stray from where you are.

  • 7

    The mother was worried about her son who strayed.

  • 8

    The soldier was shot because he strayed his position.

  • 9

    Heber's head had been slightly grazed by a stray pellet.

  • 10

    When I heard that he strayed, I got angry.