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[strag-lee] /ˈstræg li/
adjective, stragglier, straggliest.
straggling; rambling.
Origin of straggly
First recorded in 1865-70; straggle + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His face above his straggly whiskers was red with temper and with liquor.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • They're black and lustrous, but by leaving them straggly they're a blemish.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • He looked down at the ground and up into the straggly palms, then heaved a sigh.


    Cory Doctorow
  • There was a screen of straggly brush, with emptiness beyond.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • His hair was getting grey at the temples and straggly on top.

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Then comes a town deep in black mud—a straggly, inch-thick plank town, with dull red grain elevators.

  • His straggly gray beard confronted the fire-fighters everywhere, goading on the laggards, cheering the valiant.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Shall we climb up that straggly path along the face of the wall, and see what the old things look like?

  • They headed for the upper end of the island, where there was a small grove of straggly cedar trees.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer
  • And the wild man sat back on the bench and closed his eyes, and stroked his straggly beard.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer

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