verb (used without object), strag·gled, strag·gling.
Origin of straggle
Examples from the Web for straggle
He raised his head to see Mayfair straggle in a bad second, and shrugged his shoulders.Van Bibber and Others|Richard Harding Davis
As daylight dawned the searchers began to straggle back with the same report of failure.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up|Clarence Edward Mulford
We prepared for defense by marching in a compact body, and allowing no one to straggle far behind the others.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
To begin to straggle to begin to straggle and much any sealing any sealing without thimbles.Geography and Plays|Gertrude Stein
You must march into Castro peacefully and quietly, not a man must straggle from the ranks.With Moore at Corunna|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for straggle
Word Origin for straggle
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.