[ drag-uh l ]
/ ˈdræg əl /

verb (used with object), drag·gled, drag·gling.

to soil by dragging over damp ground or in mud.

verb (used without object), drag·gled, drag·gling.

to trail on the ground; be or become draggled.
to follow slowly; straggle.


Nearby words

  1. drag up,
  2. dragger,
  3. dragging,
  4. dragging piece,
  5. draggingly,
  6. draggle-tail,
  7. draggle-tailed,
  8. draggletailed,
  9. draggy,
  10. draghound

Origin of draggle

First recorded in 1490–1500; drag + -le

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British Dictionary definitions for draggle


/ (ˈdræɡəl) /


to make or become wet or dirty by trailing on the ground; bedraggle
(intr) to lag; dawdle

Word Origin for draggle

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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