- to stray from the road, course, or line of march.
- to wander about in a scattered fashion; ramble.
- to spread or be spread in a scattered fashion or at irregular intervals: The trees straggle over the countryside.
Origin of straggle
Related Words for stragglerpoke, lag, slowpoke, loafer, idler, loiterer, procrastinator, lagger, dawdler, lounger, tarrier
Examples from the Web for straggler
Historical Examples of straggler
May your straggler justify your odd fancy this time, brother!The Shadow of a Crime
Only the straggler or deserter has as few marks as you to show.The Long Roll
The last swift I observed was about the 21st August; it was a straggler.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1
He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons.Aesop's Fables
Some thought a straggler had used it as a lodging, and set it on fire in lighting his pipe.Freaks of Fortune
- to go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; stray
- to linger behind or wander from a main line or part
Word Origin 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.