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straggle

[strag-uh l] /ˈstræg əl/
verb (used without object), straggled, straggling.
1.
to stray from the road, course, or line of march.
2.
to wander about in a scattered fashion; ramble.
3.
to spread or be spread in a scattered fashion or at irregular intervals:
The trees straggle over the countryside.
Origin of straggle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English straglen < ?
Related forms
straggler, noun
stragglingly, adverb
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  • No horse that the stragglers have stolen can overtake Gypsy.

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  • Kendrick noted, with sudden uneasiness, that there were stragglers.

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  • The two or three stragglers who met the minister carried lanterns.

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  • But it soon became clear that the halt was to the end that the stragglers might come up.

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British Dictionary definitions for stragglers

straggle

/ˈstræɡəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; stray
2.
to linger behind or wander from a main line or part
Derived Forms
straggler, noun
straggling, adjective
stragglingly, adverb
straggly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to strake and stretch
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Word Origin and History for stragglers

straggle

v.

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.

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