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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.]


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.



To wander at large; to roam idly about; to ramble.

The wolf spied out a straggling kid. L'Estrange.


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.

Trim off the small, superfluous branches on each side of the hedge that straggle too far out. Mortimer.


To be dispersed or separated; to occur at intervals.

"Straggling pistol shots."

Sir W. Scott.

They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the straggling rocks. Sir W. Raleigh.


© Webster 1913.

Strag"gle, n.

The act of straggling.




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