1an unsteady walk or movement:she walked with a stagger
2an arrangement of things in a zigzag formation or so that they are not in line.
the arrangement of the runners in lanes on a running track at the start of a race, so that the runner in the inside lane is positioned behind those in the next lane and so on until the outside lane:by the back straight, he had overtaken the stagger
1 [no object] walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall:he staggered to his feet, swaying a little
[with object and adverbial of direction] continue in existence or operation uncertainly or precariously:the treasury staggered from one crisis to the next
archaic waver in purpose; hesitate.
archaic (of a blow) cause (someone) to walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall:the collision staggered her and she fell
2 [with object] astonish or deeply shock:I was staggered to find it was six o’clock (as adjective staggering)the staggering bills for maintenance and repair
3 [with object] arrange (events, payments, hours, etc.) so that they do not occur at the same time:meetings are staggered throughout the day
arrange (objects or parts) in a zigzag formation or so that they are not in line:stagger the screws at each joint