1. [ adjective ] not close together in time
Synonyms: isolated scattered

"isolated instances of rebellion" "scattered fire" "a stray bullet grazed his thigh"

Related terms: sporadic
2. [ verb ] move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Synonyms: wander roam drift range rove vagabond ramble cast roll tramp swan

"The gypsies roamed the woods" "roving vagabonds" "the wandering Jew" "The cattle roam across the prairie" "the laborers drift from one town to the next"

Related terms: travel maunder gallivant wander straggler wanderer alley_cat wandering rambler drifting vagabond hiker
3. [ verb ] wander from a direct course or at random
Synonyms: drift err

"The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her" "don't drift from the set course"

Related terms: travel wander straggler drifting
4. [ verb ] wander from a direct or straight course
Synonyms: straggle depart digress sidetrack
Related terms: deviate straggle
5. [ noun ] (zoology) homeless cat
Synonyms: alley_cat
Related terms: domestic_cat wander
6. [ verb ] lose clarity or turn aside esp. from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
Synonyms: digress wander divagate

"She always digresses when telling a story" "her mind wanders" "Don't digress when you give a lecture"

Related terms: tell diversion digression
Similar spelling:   story