- 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 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 and History for straggling
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.