Definitions of straying

  1. Act of going astray.

Usage examples for straying

  1. Some of the pursuers might still be lurking near, or straying within sight. – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  2. Her faded kerchief halfway off her head, her black ringlets straying, her apron often at her eyes, she received her guests in a rainbow of smiles and tears. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  3. The plates and cups were lying there and she quietly set them out, her eye now and then straying for a needed object, her hand hanging in suspended search then dropping upon it, and noiselessly putting it in its place. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  4. And, without waiting for permission, Dick strode off, still sulky and fully aware that his father meant to follow him, for fear of his footsteps straying again down the Braidwood Road. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  5. The cards fell lightly to the floor, straying as far as the hearth. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  6. All day long you have been straying Up and down the shore and playing; Come to harbour, no delaying! – The Poems of Henry Van Dyke by Henry Van Dyke
  7. Her voice seemed to steady his straying fancies. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  8. If people would only stick to their own natural territory and not go straying into other peoples! – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  9. While to all the rest of the world, he seemed to consecrate himself to the memory of his ill- fated wife, to me alone he unveiled his straying heart. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  10. For a moment she fancied he might be sleeping; but sleep did not come to him readily after prolonged mental effort- she recalled the restless straying of his feet above her head for hours after he returned from his night work in the office. – Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
  11. The man started up in a fright, as one who has been straying along forbidden paths. – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  12. Try as we would we found our thoughts straying from the dim days of the dead past to the ever living present, for bees and birds were busy everywhere, telling their joy in melodious and ecstatic notes. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  13. At the root of the butte, hidden against its shadowy base, the mountain man lay motionless, but his eyes were open and they rested on her, not closing or straying. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  14. His plain face with its beautiful eyes, and lanky straying hair, spoke of a ruminating mind. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  15. He moved his lips over her bright straying hair- her face was hidden in his sleeve. – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  16. Just another step- and then a bullet, straying from the fight down there along the lane, drummed past his ear in an angry buzz- and the form beside him lurched heavily, stumbled, and pitched forward. – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  17. " Your voice reminds me so much of my brother, younger," she observed, her eyes already straying to the literature for distribution. – Romance Island by Zona Gale
  18. A delicious straying away from the world, and never the return. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans