- to stray from the road, course, or line of march.
- to wander about in a scattered fashion; ramble.
- to spread or be spread in a scattered fashion or at irregular intervals: The trees straggle over the countryside.
Origin of straggle
Examples from the Web for straggle
Complaining not, they straggle down to their bunks to change their clothes.The Book of Khalid
Any man that says I straggle is a liar—exceptin' the colonel, and he's mistaken.The Long Roll
Do you suppose I'd go off with them, and let you straggle up home by yourself?A Jolly Fellowship
Frank R. Stockton
Nothing was allowed to straggle, or to take up more than its share of room."Some Say"
Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Do they straggle along so loosely as to escape particular notice?The Foot-path Way
- to go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; stray
- to linger behind or wander from a main line or part
Word Origin and History for straggle
c.1400, "to wander from the proper path, to rove from one's companions," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian stragla "to walk laboriously"), or a frequentative of straken "to move, go." Specifically of soldiers from 1520s. Related: Straggled; straggling.