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straggle

verb strag·gle \ ˈstra-gəl \

Definition of straggle

straggled; straggling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
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

straggler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of straggle in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of straggle

Middle English straglen


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straggle

noun

Definition of straggle

:a straggling group (as of persons or objects)

First Known Use of straggle

1865


STRAGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

straggle

verb

Definition of straggle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STRAGGLE Defined for Kids

straggle

verb strag·gle \ ˈstra-gəl \

Definition of straggle for Students

straggled; straggling
1 :to walk or move in a slow and disorderly way
  • The children finally straggled in from outside.
2 :to move away or spread out from others of the same kind
  • The cabins straggled into the woods.

straggler

\ˈstra-glər\ noun


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