Meaning of STRAGGLE in English


I. ˈstra-gəl intransitive verb

( strag·gled ; strag·gling -g(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: Middle English straglen

Date: 15th century

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

II. noun

Date: 1865

: a straggling group (as of persons or objects)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.