To move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness; to sway; to reel or totter.
- To move or stand unsteadily, as if under a great weight; totter.
- To begin to lose confidence or strength of purpose; waver.
- To cause to totter, sway, or reel: The blow staggered him.
- To overwhelm with emotion or astonishment.
- To cause to waver or lose confidence.
- To place on or as if on alternating sides of a center line; set in a zigzag row or rows: theater seats that were staggered for clear viewing.
- To arrange in alternating or overlapping time periods: staggered the nurses' shifts.
- To arrange (the wings of a biplane) so that the leading edge of one wing is either ahead of or behind the leading edge of the other wing.
- Sports To arrange (the start of a race) with the starting point in the outside lanes progressively closer to the finish line so as to neutralize the advantage of competing in the shorter inside lanes.
- A tottering, swaying, or reeling motion.
- A staggered pattern, arrangement, or order.
- Any of various diseases of the nervous system in animals, especially horses, cattle, or other domestic animals, characterized by a lack of coordination in moving, a staggering gait, and frequent falling. Also called blind staggers.