In my own brigade there was no straggling, or, if any, so little that it did not come to my notice.
The American pulled his long, straggling beard meditatively.
Mechanically, sweeping back the straggling lock of hair, she raised herself without removing her eyes.
At that time the country was emerging from the era of straggling settlers.
We gathered, too, some idea of the size of the town from the straggling suburbs that extend out a long way up the Parramatta.
Once more, at least, I hope to walk the length of that straggling road.
In a few moments the judge appeared, his rosy face surrounded by a straggling white beard.
He might have done so if he had met her chambermaid, or any straggling damsel of the village.
That was not many, it is true, for his house was the last of the straggling village.
The offence of straggling is generally considered not serious.
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.