Etymology
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astray (adv.)

early 14c., o strai, "away from home; lost, wandering" (of cattle), borrowed and partially nativized from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier "astray, riderless (of a horse), lost," literally "on stray" (see stray (v.)). Figurative use is from late 14c.

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Definitions of astray

astray (adv.)
away from the right path or direction;
he was led astray
astray (adv.)
far from the intended target;
a bullet went astray and killed a bystander
Synonyms: wide
From wordnet.princeton.edu