[ strag-uhl ]
/ ˈstræg əl /
verb (used without object), strag·gled, strag·gling.
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.
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Origin of straggle
1350–1400; Middle English straglen< ?
OTHER WORDS FROM stragglestraggler, nounstrag·gling·ly, adverb
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How to use straggle in a sentence
The bulls came in groups of three or four, followed by an occasional straggler.
It cannot, however, be looked upon as anything more than a very rare occasional straggler, by no means occurring every year.
He turned to this gaunt straggler, supposing him to be "somebody's darling," and entered into conversation with him.
Testing out his theory he picked up a straggler, a man he knew but slightly, who happened to wander into the club at that moment.
British Dictionary definitions for straggle
to go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; stray
to linger behind or wander from a main line or part
Derived forms of stragglestraggler, nounstraggling, adjectivestragglingly, adverbstraggly, adjective
Word Origin for straggle
C14: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to strake and stretch
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