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verb (used without object), strad·dled, strad·dling.

to walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart; stand or sit astride.

to stand wide apart, as the legs.

to favor or appear to favor both sides of an issue, political division, or the like, at once; maintain an equivocal position.

verb (used with object), strad·dled, strad·dling.

to walk, stand, or sit with one leg on each side of; stand or sit astride of: to straddle a horse.

to spread (the legs) wide apart.

to favor or appear to favor both sides of (an issue, political division, etc.).


an act or instance of straddling.

the distance straddled over.

the taking of a noncommittal position.


  1. an option consisting of a put and a call combined, both at the same current market price and for the same specified period.
  2. a similar transaction in securities or futures in which options to buy and sell the same security or commodity are purchased simultaneously in order to hedge ones risk.



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Origin of straddle

1555–65; apparently frequentative (with -le) of variant stem of stride


straddler, nounstrad·dling·ly, adverbun·strad·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use straddle in a sentence

  • This precarious straddle renders them — and the brain itself — vulnerable to infections.

  • Such carefully designed prescription drugs delicately straddle the line between function and sacrifice.

  • That ability to straddle two sides of an acrimonious divide has served Leavell well—not only in politics, but also in music.

  • Spend some time with Fiasco and you can watch him straddle that line all day long.

  • Theyre mostly girls who straddle the line between geeky and bad-ass, a look familiar to most of todays high-school students.

  • In an Internet video announcing his candidacy, Brown attempted this straddle without mentioning Schwarzenegger by name.

  • Dey wouldn be caught wearin britches an ridin straddle like de womens do dese days.

  • And I would steal her dolls, pull their dresses for shame over their heads, and set them straddle the banisters.

  • So they dispatched the tortoise to the earth again, the monkey sitting a-straddle of his back.

  • The ridge grew narrower, sheerer, and in places they had to straddle it, legs dangling precariously to left and right.

  • Beside the road we saw a plow-boy straddle, whistling on a stile.

British Dictionary definitions for straddle


(tr) to have one leg, part, or support on each side of

(tr) US and Canadian informal to be in favour of both sides of (something)

(intr) to stand, walk, or sit with the legs apart

(tr) to spread (the legs) apart

military to fire a number of shots slightly beyond and slightly short of (a target) to determine the correct range

(intr) (in poker, of the second player after the dealer) to double the ante before looking at ones cards


the act or position of straddling

a noncommittal attitude or stand

commerce a contract or option permitting its purchaser to either sell or buy securities or commodities within a specified period of time at specified prices. It is a combination of a put and a call optionCompare spread (def. 24c)

athletics a high-jumping technique in which the body is parallel with the bar and the legs straddle it at the highest point of the jump

(in poker) the stake put up after the ante in poker by the second player after the dealer

Irish a wooden frame placed on a horses back to which panniers are attached

Derived forms of straddle

straddler, noun

Word Origin for straddle

C16: frequentative formed from obsolete strad- (Old English strode), past stem of stride

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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