AskDefine | Define straggle

Dictionary Definition

straggle n : a wandering or disorderly grouping (of things or persons); "a straggle of outbuildings"; "a straggle of followers"


1 wander from a direct or straight course [syn: sidetrack, depart, digress]
2 go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches straggling out quite far" [syn: sprawl]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To stray from the road, course or line of march.
    He straggled away from the crowd and went off on his own.
  2. To wander about; ramble.
  3. To spread at irregular intervals.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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