intransitive verb strag·gle \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

:  to wander from the direct course or way :  rove, stray
:  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



Definition of STRAGGLE

:  a straggling group (as of persons or objects)

First Known Use of STRAGGLE


Rhymes with STRAGGLE


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