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4 definitions found
 for straggle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Straggle \Strag"gle\, n.
     The act of straggling. [R.] --Carlyle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Straggle \Strag"gle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Straggled; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Straggling.] [Freq. of OE. straken to roam, to
     stroke. See Stroke, v. t.]
     1. To wander from the direct course or way; to rove; to
        stray; to wander from the line of march or desert the line
        of battle; as, when troops are on the march, the men
        should not straggle. --Dryden.
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     2. To wander at large; to roam idly about; to ramble.
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              The wolf spied out a straggling kid.  --L'Estrange.
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     3. To escape or stretch beyond proper limits, as the branches
        of a plant; to spread widely apart; to shoot too far or
        widely in growth.
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              Trim off the small, superfluous branches on each
              side of the hedge that straggle too far out.
                                                    --Mortimer.
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     4. To be dispersed or separated; to occur at intervals.
        "Straggling pistol shots." --Sir W. Scott.
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              They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the
              straggling rocks.                     --Sir W.
                                                    Raleigh.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  straggle
      n 1: a wandering or disorderly grouping (of things or persons);
           "a straggle of outbuildings"; "a straggle of followers"
      v 1: wander from a direct or straight course [syn: sidetrack,
           depart, digress, straggle]
      2: go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches
         straggling out quite far" [syn: sprawl, straggle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "straggle":
     amble, barge, bat around, be lengthy, be prolonged, belong,
     bowl along, bum, bundle, clump, count ties, crane, dawdle,
     divagate, drag, drift, err, excurse, extend, extend out,
     fall behind, flit, flounce, foot, footslog, gad, gad about,
     gallivant, get behind, go about, go adrift, go astray,
     go the rounds, halt, hang back, hippety-hop, hit the road,
     hit the trail, hitch, hobble, hobo, hop, jaunt, jog, jolt, jump,
     knock about, knock around, lag, limp, linger, linger behind,
     loiter, lumber, lunge, lurch, maunder, meander, mince, mooch,
     mosey, nomadize, outreach, outstretch, pace, paddle, peg,
     peregrinate, pererrate, piaffe, piaffer, plod, prance, prowl, rack,
     ramble, range, reach out, roam, roll, rove, run about, sashay,
     saunter, scramble, scuff, scuffle, scuttle, shamble, shuffle,
     sidle, single-foot, skip, slink, slither, slog, slouch, snake,
     sprangle, sprawl, spread-eagle, stagger, stalk, stamp,
     stand on tiptoes, stomp, straddle, stray, stretch, stretch out,
     stride, stroll, strut, stump, swagger, swing, tittup, toddle,
     totter, trail, trail behind, traipse, tramp, trip, trudge, twist,
     twist and turn, vagabond, vagabondize, waddle, walk the tracks,
     wamble, wander, wayfare, wiggle, wind, wobble
  
  

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