- to soil by dragging over damp ground or in mud.
- to trail on the ground; be or become draggled.
- to follow slowly; straggle.
Origin of draggle
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Examples from the Web for draggle
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.Jeff Briggs's Love Story
I have nothing to do with such milk-sop organizations, or the donkeys that draggle at their heels.Eventide
Still, somewhere under the huddle and draggle of it all burned on the human soul.The Way of a Man
- to make or become wet or dirty by trailing on the ground; bedraggle
- (intr) to lag; dawdle
C16: probably frequentative of drag
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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.
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