- 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
Examples from the Web for 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 and History for straggler
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.