WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
strag•gle /ˈstrægəl/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -gled, -gling. 
  1. to wander from a road.
  2. to lag or be behind a line of march, a group walking, or a group working:He's straggling behind the group and may get lost.
  3. to grow or spread at irregular spaces or intervals:trees straggling over the hillside.
strag•gler, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
strag•gle  (stragəl),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -gled, -gling. 
  1. to stray from the road, course, or line of march.
  2. to wander about in a scattered fashion;
    ramble.
  3. to spread or be spread in a scattered fashion or at irregular intervals:The trees straggle over the countryside.
straggler, n. 
straggling•ly, adv. 
  • ?
  • Middle English straglen 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

straggle /ˈstræɡəl/ vb (intransitive)
  1. to go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; stray
  2. to linger behind or wander from a main line or part
Etymology: 14th Century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to strake and stretch

ˈstraggler n ˈstraggly adj



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