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[stey-jer] /ˈsteɪ dʒər/
a person of experience in some profession, way of life, etc.
Archaic. an actor.
Origin of stager
1560-70; stage + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Verrian was roused from the muse he found he had fallen into by hearing Mrs. stager ask, "Won't you have some more coffee?"

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • It is always the fault of the stager if the show doesn't go over.

  • A story is told of the late General stager that at one time he was on a train that was wrecked at some distance from any station.

  • General stager laughed heartily at my recital of these events.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • Mrs. stager lowered her voice in an octave of deeper confidentiability.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • Mrs. stager modestly referred the question to him by her silence.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • General stager is a man with a host of friends and without, we believe, one enemy.

  • Jemmy, however, was too old a stager, and pocketed the box and other compliments at the same time.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees
  • The notary certainly felt uncomfortable, but he was too old a stager to display it.

British Dictionary definitions for stager


a person of experience; veteran (esp in the phrase old stager)
an archaic word for actor
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