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strag·gle

 (străg′əl)
intr.v. strag·gled, strag·gling, strag·gles
1.
a. To move or proceed slowly or in a scattered or irregular group: "The millworkers straggled out for lunch" (Carson McCullers).
b. To move or lag behind another or others: "Bawling calves straggled after cows" (Jean M. Auel).
2. To extend or be spread out: "The willow herb straggled over the heaps of rubble" (George Orwell).
3. To hang limply or loosely: "the potbellied man, whose dirty hair straggled to his shoulders" (Stephen King).
n.
A scattered or disorderly group, as of people or things.

[Middle English straglen, to wander.]

strag′gler n.

straggle

(ˈstræɡəl)
vb (intr)
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
[C14: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to strake and stretch]
ˈstraggler n
ˈstraggling adj
ˈstragglingly adv
ˈstraggly adj

strag•gle

(ˈstræg əl)

v.i. -gled, -gling.
1. to stray from the road, course, or line of march.
2. to wander about; ramble.
3. to spread at irregular intervals: trees straggling over the hillside.
[1350–1400; Middle English straglen, of uncertain orig.]
strag′gler, n.
strag′gling•ly, adv.

straggle


Past participle: straggled
Gerund: straggling

Imperative
straggle
straggle
Present
I straggle
you straggle
he/she/it straggles
we straggle
you straggle
they straggle
Preterite
I straggled
you straggled
he/she/it straggled
we straggled
you straggled
they straggled
Present Continuous
I am straggling
you are straggling
he/she/it is straggling
we are straggling
you are straggling
they are straggling
Present Perfect
I have straggled
you have straggled
he/she/it has straggled
we have straggled
you have straggled
they have straggled
Past Continuous
I was straggling
you were straggling
he/she/it was straggling
we were straggling
you were straggling
they were straggling
Past Perfect
I had straggled
you had straggled
he/she/it had straggled
we had straggled
you had straggled
they had straggled
Future
I will straggle
you will straggle
he/she/it will straggle
we will straggle
you will straggle
they will straggle
Future Perfect
I will have straggled
you will have straggled
he/she/it will have straggled
we will have straggled
you will have straggled
they will have straggled
Future Continuous
I will be straggling
you will be straggling
he/she/it will be straggling
we will be straggling
you will be straggling
they will be straggling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been straggling
you have been straggling
he/she/it has been straggling
we have been straggling
you have been straggling
they have been straggling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been straggling
you will have been straggling
he/she/it will have been straggling
we will have been straggling
you will have been straggling
they will have been straggling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been straggling
you had been straggling
he/she/it had been straggling
we had been straggling
you had been straggling
they had been straggling
Conditional
I would straggle
you would straggle
he/she/it would straggle
we would straggle
you would straggle
they would straggle
Past Conditional
I would have straggled
you would have straggled
he/she/it would have straggled
we would have straggled
you would have straggled
they would have straggled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.straggle - a wandering or disorderly grouping (of things or persons); "a straggle of outbuildings"; "a straggle of followers"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
Verb1.straggle - wander from a direct or straight course
deviate, divert - turn aside; turn away from
2.straggle - go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches straggling out quite far"
spread, distribute - distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"

straggle

verb
1. trail, drift, wander, range, lag, stray, roam, ramble, rove, loiter, string out They came straggling up the cliff road.
2. hang (down), trail, dangle, sag, droop Her grey hair straggled in wisps about her face.

straggle

verb
To grow or spread in a disorderly or planless fashion:
Translations
يَتَخَلَّف عن الرَّكْبيَنْتَشِر في غَيْرِ نِظام
růst neuspořádánězpožďovat se
sakke bagud
összevissza nő
dragast afturúrdreifa/láta vaxa óreglulega
atsilikėlisišsidraikęsišsidraikymasišsimėtęsišsimėtymas
atpaliktbūt izklaidunekārtīgi augt/plestiesnoklīst
oneskorovať sarásť neporiadne
ayrı düşmekdağınık bir biçimde yayılmakgeride kalmak

straggle

[ˈstrægl] VI
1. (= lag behind) → rezagarse
the guests straggled out into the nightlos invitados salieron poco a poco y desaparecieron en la noche
as the last runners straggled over the finishing linea medida que iban cruzando la meta los últimos corredores ...
2. (= spread untidily) (Bot) → lozanear; [hair] → caer lacio
the village straggles on for milesel pueblo se extiende varios kilómetros (sin tener un plano fijo)
her hair straggles over her faceel pelo le cae lacio delante de la cara
straggle away straggle off VI + ADVdispersarse

straggle

[ˈstrægəl] vi
[people] → s'éparpiller, s'égailler
[things]
The houses straggled down the hillside → Les maisons s'éparpillaient sur le flanc de la colline.
Her grey hair straggled in wisps about her face → Ses cheveux gris tombaient en mèches sur son visage.

straggle

vi
(= spread untidily, houses, trees) → verstreut liegen; (hair)(unordentlich) hängen; (plant)(in die Länge) wuchern, in die Höhe schießen; the town straggles on for milesdie Stadt zieht sich über Meilen hin
to straggle behindzurückbleiben, hinterherzockeln (inf); to straggle behind the leaderin weitem Abstand hinter dem Führer zurückbleiben or hinterherzockeln (inf); to straggle along the roaddie Straße entlangbummeln or -zockeln (inf); to straggle in/outvereinzelt kommen/gehen; stop stragglingbleibt beieinander

straggle

[ˈstrægl] vi (lag behind) → rimanere indietro; (spread untidily) → estendersi disordinatamente
to straggle in/out → entrare/uscire uno ad uno

straggle

(ˈstrӕgl) verb
1. to grow or spread untidily. His beard straggled over his chest.
2. to walk too slowly to remain with a body of eg marching soldiers, walkers etc.
ˈstraggler noun
a person who walks too slowly during a march etc and gets left behind. A car was sent to pick up the stragglers.
ˈstraggly adjective
straggling untidily. straggly hair.
ˈstraggliness noun
References in classic literature ?
All the different ways of getting hot and tired were gone through with, and by-and-by the rovers straggled back to camp fortified with responsible appetites, and then the destruction of the good things began.
Then, when my big mental guns had overturned all opposition, and were growling almost inaudibly away on the horizon of pure speculation, the routed enemy straggled in upon their rear, massed silently into a solid phalanx, and captured me, bag and baggage.
The trees among which the path straggled were ordinary, well-behaved plants, a trifle perverted as to trunk and eccentric as to bough, but with nothing unearthly in their general aspect.
Her hair straggled, giving her crimson features a look of insanity.
There was great news that night for the regular Maypole customers, to each of whom, as he straggled in to occupy his allotted seat in the chimney-corner, John, with a most impressive slowness of delivery, and in an apoplectic whisper, communicated the fact that Mr Chester was alone in the large room upstairs, and was waiting the arrival of Mr Geoffrey Haredale, to whom he had sent a letter
He paints a vivid portrait of how the Yemeni community worked and lived, and how it straggled with the internal divisions that resulted from the chaotic political straggles back in the homeland.
1 : to walk or move in a slow and disorderly way <The children finally straggled in from outside.
He straggled to build the Apple I, and with the little profit from this machine, he began work on the Apple II.
A man in a faded gray raincoat and a flopping black felt hat that nearly concealed the gray hair that straggled over his ears stood on the boat deck of the steamship Rotterdam yesterday, timidly facing a battery of cameramen.
As I straggled to adjust it, my father became impatient.