Stageplayer to Stale
(Stage"play`er) n. An actor on the stage; one whose occupation is to represent characters
on the stage; as, Garrick was a celebrated stageplayer.
1. A player. [R.] B. Jonson.
2. One who has long acted on the stage of life; a practitioner; a person of experience, or of skill derived
from long experience. "You will find most of the old stagers still stationary there." Sir W. Scott.
3. A horse used in drawing a stage. [Colloq.]
(Sta"ger*y) n. Exhibition on the stage. [Obs.]
(Stage"-struck`) a. Fascinated by the stage; seized by a passionate desire to become an
(Stag"-e`vil) n. (Far.) A kind of palsy affecting the jaw of a horse. Crabb.
(Stag"gard) n. [From Stag.] (Zoöl.) The male red deer when four years old.
(Stag"ger) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Staggered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Staggering.] [OE. stakeren, Icel.
stakra to push, to stagger, fr. staka to punt, push, stagger; cf. OD. staggeren to stagger. Cf. Stake,
1. 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.
Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow.Dryden.
2. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail. "The enemy staggers." Addison.
3. To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.Rom. iv. 20.
(Stag"ger), v. t.
1. To cause to reel or totter.
That hand shall burn in never-quenching fireShak.
That staggers thus my person.
2. To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
Whosoever will read the story of this war will find himself much stagered.Howell.
Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger
3. 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.
1. 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.