One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object, with adverbial of direction Wander about aimlessly.‘stravaiging about the roads’
stroll, amble, saunter, walk, dawdle, potter, ramble, maunder, meanderView synonyms
- ‘Too little attention to breeding leads to the jungle of the Price household at Portsmouth - with its stravaiging pack of ‘ill-bred’ young dogs.’
- ‘If you embarked upon 'a stravaig' you'd have a wander through glens and over hills with no set purpose other than to enjoy the walking.’
- ‘I could do with a long Stravaig.’
- ‘John O'Neil, now in the shop window, was the inspirer of his side, stravaiging the park with elan and sending cute passes into the areas of maximum damage.’
Late 18th century: probably a shortening of obsolete extravage ‘digress, ramble’.
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