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.

2. <veterinary> A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; appopletic or sleepy staggers.

3. Bewilderment; perplexity.

<veterinary> Stomach staggers, distention of the stomach with food or gas, resulting in indigestion, frequently in death.

(01 Mar 1998)