- 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 stragglers
Then the crowd dispersed and a few of the stragglers were arrested.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
Dismounting, I received congratulations on not dying from a couple of stragglers in our group who had seen the whole thing unfold.Monument Valley From the Eyes of a Krazy Kat and John Ford Fan
February 3, 2012
Once in their seats, a coach runs them through the song, attempting to bring the stragglers up to speed.Secret Rituals of American Idol Auditions Exposed
January 19, 2010
Stragglers were coming and going into the fall and winter, so some delegates did not sign until several months later.Nothing Happened on the Fourth
Joseph J. Ellis
July 3, 2009
No horse that the stragglers have stolen can overtake Gypsy.In the Midst of Alarms
First came four horses, well bunched; after them the stragglers.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Mrs. Tidditt brought up the rear, marshaling the stragglers, as it were.
Kendrick noted, with sudden uneasiness, that there were stragglers.
The two or three stragglers who met the minister carried lanterns.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 stragglers
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.