- 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
Related Words for stragglingdawdle, ramble, meander, lag, poke, roam, drift, tail, straddle, trail, range, spread, rove, loiter, maunder, scramble
Examples from the Web for straggling
Historical Examples of straggling
The offence of straggling is generally considered not serious.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
A conjurer must have his time, like a straggling priest in the settlements.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
It was tied with the greatest caution, and directed in a straggling hand.Tiverton Tales
It was a large house; but low and straggling; and unpretending in its exterior.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
They were all signed in a strange, straggling hand, by the witness.The First Violin
- 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 for straggle
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.