Stagger vs Stager - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between stagger and stager
is that stagger
is 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 while stager
is an actor on the stage.
As a verb stagger
is sway unsteadily, reel, or totter.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
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.
A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apoplectic or sleepy staggers.
In motorsport, the difference in circumference between the left and right tires on a racing vehicle. It is used on oval tracks to make the car turn better in the corners.
Stock Car Racing magazine article on stagger, February 2009
sway unsteadily, reel, or totter
# In standing or walking, to sway from one side to the other as if about to fall; to stand or walk unsteadily; to reel or totter.
- She began to stagger across the room.
# To cause to reel or totter.
- Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow.
- The powerful blow of his opponent's fist staggered the boxer.
# To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
- That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire / That staggers thus my person.
doubt, waver, be shocked
# To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
#* Bible, Rom. iv. 20
- The enemy staggers .
# To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
- He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.
- He will stagger the committee when he presents his report.
- Whosoever will read the story of this war will find himself much staggered .
Multiple groups doing the same thing in a uniform fashion, but starting at different, evenly-spaced, times or places (attested from 1856
- Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger credibility.
# 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.
# To arrange similar objects such that each is ahead or above and to one side of the next.
Etymology] in [[:w:Online Etymology Dictionary, Online Etymology Dictionary]
# To schedule in intervals.
- We will stagger the starting positions for the race on the oval track.
- We will stagger the run so the faster runners can go first, then the joggers.
An actor on the stage.
One who stages a theatrical performance.
* 1994 , Richard Beadle, The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre (page 271)
One who has long acted on the stage of life; a practitioner; a person of experience, or of skill derived from long experience.
A horse used in drawing a stage.
- Here the principal stagers of saints' plays appear to have been the civic authorities, and guilds or confreries, and the popularity of this type of drama owed much to the cult of saints