straggle


1strag·gle

intransitive verb \ˈstra-gəl\

: to walk slowly into or from a place in a way that is not continuous or organized

: to move away or spread out from others in a disorganized way

strag·gledstrag·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STRAGGLE

1
:  to wander from the direct course or way :  rove, stray
2
:  to trail off from others of its kind <little cabins straggling off into the woods>
strag·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of STRAGGLE

  1. The children straggled in from outside.
  2. People straggled off the train.
  3. She straggled behind the rest of the group.
  4. Branches straggled out and blocked the path.

Origin of STRAGGLE

Middle English straglen
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with STRAGGLE

2straggle

noun

Definition of STRAGGLE

:  a straggling group (as of persons or objects)

First Known Use of STRAGGLE

1865

Rhymes with STRAGGLE

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: stragglingly
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Straffordian
All Words Near: straggle

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up straggle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).