From Middle English astraien or by apheresis straien, from Old French estraier (“to stray”), from late Medieval Latin of extravagari (“to wander beyond”), from Latin extra (“beyond”) + vagari (“to wander, stray”).
in a wrong direction
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- astray in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
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