- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to grow, spread or move in an untidy way in different directions Her hair was straggling over her eyes. The town straggled to an end and the fields began.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move slowly behind a group of people that you are with so that you become separated from them On the way the kids straggled behind us. Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps from dialect strake ‘go’.
BrE BrE//ˈstræɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræɡl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straggle
BrE BrE//ˈstræɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræɡl//he / she / it straggles
BrE BrE//ˈstræɡlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræɡlz//past simple straggled
BrE BrE//ˈstræɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræɡld//past participle straggled
BrE BrE//ˈstræɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræɡld//-ing form straggling
BrE BrE//ˈstræɡlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræɡlɪŋ//