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[drag-uh l] /ˈdræg əl/
verb (used with object), draggled, draggling.
to soil by dragging over damp ground or in mud.
verb (used without object), draggled, draggling.
to trail on the ground; be or become draggled.
to follow slowly; straggle.
Origin of draggle
First recorded in 1490-1500; drag + -le Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for draggle
Historical Examples
  • It goes right hard with her to draggle her skirts in the dewy strawberry beds; but she feels consoled when I fetch up the till!

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • She feels it due to this same principle to draggle her skirts through the mud, to get her feet wet, and to come home an "object."

    The Champagne Standard

    Mrs. John Lane
  • A few feet from the coach the water appeared to deepen, and the bear-skin to draggle.

  • I have nothing to do with such milk-sop organizations, or the donkeys that draggle at their heels.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Still, somewhere under the huddle and draggle of it all burned on the human soul.

    The Way of a Man

    Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for draggle


to make or become wet or dirty by trailing on the ground; bedraggle
(intransitive) to lag; dawdle
Word Origin
C16: probably frequentative of drag
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for draggle

1510s, frequentative of drag (v.). This led to draggle-tail "sloppy woman, woman whose skirts are wet and draggled" (1590s). Related: Draggled.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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