straggler


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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.

straggler

1. Any personnel, vehicles, ships, or aircraft which, without apparent purpose or assigned mission, become separated from their unit, column, or formation.
2. A ship separated from its convoy by more than 5 nautical miles, through inability to keep up, and unable to rejoin before dark, or over 10 nautical miles from its convoy whether or not it can rejoin before dark. See also romper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.straggler - someone who strays or falls behind
dawdler, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke, drone - someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

straggler

noun
Translations
مُتَخَلِّف عن الرَّكْب
opozdilec
der sakker bagudperson
elmaradozó
e-r sem dregst aftur úr
oneskorenec
geri kalan kimse

straggler

[ˈstrægləʳ] Nrezagado/a m/f

straggler

[ˈstræglər] n (= dawdler) → traînard(e) m/f

straggler

nNachzügler(in) m(f)

straggler

[ˈstrægləʳ] nchi rimane indietro

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 ?
He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons.
Proceeding to the former camping ground of the Nez Perces, they found the lodges deserted; upon which they hid themselves among the willows and thickets, watching for some straggler who might guide them to the present "whereabout" of their intended victims.
Save yourself -- and go, before some straggler see thee here, and report it."
Hunt, with a long train of pack horses, moving across plains or naked hills, is discoverable at a great distance by Indian scouts, who spread the intelligence rapidly to various points, and assemble their friends to hang about the skirts of the travellers, steal their horses, or cut off any stragglers from the main body.
This rear-guard had devoted itself to the task of saving a frightful multitude of stragglers overcome by the cold, who obstinately refused to leave the bivouacs of the army.
As I proceeded I became more and more convinced that the extermination of mankind was, save for such stragglers as myself, already accomplished in this part of the world.
A battery chang- ing position at a frantic gallop scattered the stragglers right and left.
The house was destroyed by fire in the year following- -probably by some stragglers from the retreating column of General George W.
The spectacle of a matron of classical deportment, seizing an ancient woman by the throat, and hauling her into a dwelling-house, would have been under any circumstances, sufficient temptation to all true English stragglers so blest as to witness it, to force a way into that dwelling-house and see the matter out.
I walked with the utmost circumspection, to avoid treading on any stragglers who might remain in the streets, although the orders were very strict, that all people should keep in their houses, at their own peril.
Though the troops were ill-clad, exhausted, and had lost a third of their number in killed, wounded, sick, and stragglers; though a number of sick and wounded had been abandoned on the other side of the Danube with a letter in which Kutuzov entrusted them to the humanity of the enemy; and though the big hospitals and the houses in Krems converted into military hospitals could no longer accommodate all the sick and wounded, yet the stand made at Krems and the victory over Mortier raised the spirits of the army considerably.
They were proceeding onward without noise, when a scout who had been creeping about the ditches all night, to warn any stragglers from encroaching further on what was now such dangerous ground, peeped cautiously from his hiding-place, and called to them to stop.