[ strag-lee ]
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adjective,strag·gli·er, strag·gli·est.
  1. straggling; rambling.

Origin of straggly

First recorded in 1865–70; straggle + -y1

Words Nearby straggly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use straggly in a sentence

  • There were some pools of water standing in a coulee, at whose head grew a clump of wild plum trees and other straggly growth.

    The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
  • Presently he saw a number of straggly things dangling downward from the rocks and soil overhead.

    The Boy Land Boomer | Ralph Bonehill
  • His straggly gray beard confronted the fire-fighters everywhere, goading on the laggards, cheering the valiant.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Fancy calling that wiry stuff grass in England, and admiring those straggly creepers and shrubs.

    The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt
  • The main column of soldiers far below poured up to the village and went down the straggly street in a tide of dark figures.

    The Invaders | William Fitzgerald Jenkins