a person or thing that lags behind others: We’re waiting for a few stragglers, but all entries must be in by Wednesday, March 4th.
a person, animal, ship, etc., that wanders around or strays from a path or course: The French steamer Tourny, a straggler from its convoy, was sunk by a German U-boat.There was a wood quail just 5 yards away on the trail, presumably a straggler from the covey.
one of a number of persons or things scattered thinly or at irregular intervals in space or time: I didn’t see too many weeds in the garden—just two or three stragglers.
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How to use straggler 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.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
He turned to this gaunt straggler, supposing him to be "somebody's darling," and entered into conversation with him.Reminiscences of the Guilford Grays, Co. B., 27th N.C. Regiment | John A. Sloan
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.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
At length we began to come upon various articles that had apparently been thrown away by the straggler.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
The last swift I observed was about the 21st August; it was a straggler.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1 | Gilbert White