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stag·ger

 (stăg′ər)
v. stag·gered, stag·ger·ing, stag·gers
v.intr.
To move or stand unsteadily, as if under a great weight; totter. See Synonyms at blunder.
v.tr.
1. To cause to totter, sway, or reel: The blow staggered him.
2. To astonish, shock, or overwhelm: a teacher staggered by a former student's accomplishments; a company staggered by increases in energy costs.
3. 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.
4. To arrange in alternating or overlapping time periods: staggered the nurses' shifts.
5. 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.
6. 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.
n.
1. A tottering, swaying, or reeling motion.
2. A staggered pattern, arrangement, or order.
3. staggers(used with a sing. verb) Any of various diseases in animals, especially horses, cattle, or other domestic animals, that are characterized by a lack of coordination in moving, a staggering gait, and frequent falling.

[Alteration of Middle English stakeren, from Old Norse stakra, frequentative of staka, to push.]

stag′ger·er n.
stag′ger·y adj.

staggered

(ˈstæɡəd)
adj
shocked, overwhelmed, or astounded
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staggered

adjective astounded, amazed, stunned, surprised, shocked, shaken, overwhelmed, astonished, confounded, taken aback, bowled over (informal), dumbfounded, flabbergasted, stupefied, nonplussed, struck dumb, throw off balance I was simply staggered by the heat of the Argentine high-summer.
Translations

staggered

[ˈstægəd] ADJ
1. (= amazed) → anonadado, pasmado
I was staggered to learn I'd won first prizeme quedé anonadado or pasmado al enterarme de que había ganado el primer premio
I was staggered to hear that (= dismayed) → me consterné al saber que ...
2. [hours, junction] → escalonado

staggered

[ˈstægərd] adj (= astounded) → stupéfait(e)

staggered

adj
(= amazed)verblüfft, platt (inf)
working hours etcgestaffelt, gestuft; they work staggered hoursihre Arbeitszeit ist gestaffelt; a staggered junctioneine Kreuzung mit versetzt angeordneten Straßen; a staggered startein versetzter Start; (in time) → ein zeitlich gestaffelter Start

staggered

[ˈstægəd] adj
a. (amazed) → sbalordito/a, stupefatto/a
b. (hours, holidays) → scaglionato/a
staggered working hours → orario di lavoro scaglionato or diversificato
References in classic literature ?
And when Meg told him to behave himself and go away, he wrung imaginary tears out of his handkerchief, and staggered round the corner as if in utter despair.
Up along Main Street he went in the evening to Ed Griffith's saloon, and after drink- ing unbelievable quantities of beer staggered off to his room in the New Willard House and to his bed for the night.
Evening was near when P'tit Maitre, black with powder and crimson with blood, had staggered into the cabin of Jacqueline's mother, his pursuers close at his heels.
The Hurons staggered, deserting the center of their line, and Uncas issued from the forest through the opening they left, at the head of a hundred warriors.
Carr staggered, but recovered himself with feeble violence.
With all her might, she had staggered onward beneath the burden of grief and responsibility, until now that it was safe to fling it down.
Then as his strange "she" staggered me and, with a gasp, I echoed it, "Miss Jessel, Miss Jessel
I was a little staggered, but go a-whaling I must, and I would; and the Pequod was as good a ship as any --I thought the best -- and all this I now repeated to Peleg.
Every moment the ranks were thinned, but as our comrades fell, we closed in to keep them together; and instead of being shaken or staggered in our pace our gallop became faster and faster as we neared the cannon.
But only ten days after she had joined, Marija's canning factory closed down, and that blow quite staggered them.
The king was staggered, from his summit to his foundations; one clerk fainted, and the others came near it.
I turned; Cathy was flying down through the massed people; she cleared the parapet at a bound, and sped towards that riderless horse, who staggered forward towards the remembered sound; but his strength failed, and he fell at her feet, she lavishing kisses upon him and sobbing, the house rising with one impulse, and white with horror