[ strag-uhl ]
/ ˈstræg əl /
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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
I was totally unprepared and only got one arm around, the other was left straggling and I accidentally cupped his balls.Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know|Tom Sykes|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The girl was alone, lying with her head upon the table, and her hair straggling over it.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
They are straggling, and have wide and apparently deep channels between them.
By and by, a straggling birch bluff rose blackly across their way, but nobody swung wide.Winston of the Prairie|Harold Bindloss
The edge of the reef off the latter island is not well defined, for we passed several straggling rocks.
Around us rose the broken, straggling walls, bare and bleak, without a shred of ivy or wall-flower to hide their grim nakedness.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for straggle
/ (ˈstræɡəl) /
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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