adjective, strag·gli·er, strag·gli·est.

straggling; rambling.

Origin of straggly

First recorded in 1865–70; straggle + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for straggly

Historical Examples of straggly

  • His face above his straggly whiskers was red with temper and with liquor.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • They're black and lustrous, but by leaving them straggly they're a blemish.

    Flappers and Philosophers

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • He looked down at the ground and up into the straggly palms, then heaved a sigh.


    Cory Doctorow

  • There was a screen of straggly brush, with emptiness beyond.

    The Invaders

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • His hair was getting grey at the temples and straggly on top.

    My Man Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse