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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Stak(k)er, -ir, Stagger, -are, v. Also: sta(c)kar, stak(k)r-. [ME and e.m.E. staker (Cursor M.), stakir (c1440), stacker (1526), staggar (1530), -er (1533), ON stakra, early mod. Flem. staggeren (Kilian).] intr. To totter, reel, esp. as the result of a blow; to walk stumblingly or unsteadily, to stagger, to stumble. Also in fig. context.(a) 1375 Barb. ii 425.
Sic rout he raucht … He gert him galay [1571 stakker] disyly
?1438 Alex. ii 4208.
Sic routis thay raucht … That neir thay stakker and mycht nocht stand
c1420 Wynt. iv 813.
Sum thare stekyd stakarand stud
a1500 Rauf C. 151.
He stakkerit … Half the breid of the hall
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 624.
Thair stedis stakkerit in the stour
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 929.
a1500 K. Hart 641.
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) liii 11.
He stackerit lyk ane strummall awer, That hap schackellit war abone the kne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) liii 17.
Ane hommilty jommeltye juffler, Lyk a stirk stackarand in the ry
15.. Clar. i 51.
Abake from uther they stakirit with sic forse, Quhill at the grund baith lay man and horse
1567 G. Ball. 101.
Stakerand almaist failȝeit my feit
1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
Titubo, to stakker [1617 to stagger]
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 289 (W).
I stakkerit at the windilstrayis
c1590 Fowler I 148/7.
I fal and ryse, I stakkring stand for schame
(b) a1500 Sir Eger 1599.
At both his eares the blood out brist: He staggered on his feet, and stood
c1580 in Bann. Memor. 334.
He begouth to staggare … tuyse or thrise he staggered
1611-57 Mure Dido & Æneas iii 336.
With aged pase … She stagg'ring foorth did show her fordward minde
?a1648 Polemo-Mid. 93.
Staggravere omnes
fig. 1581-1623 James VI Poems II 60/126.
Reuenge is myne & payment of the past Thaire fitt shall stakkir then in tyme at last

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