- 1 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to grow, spread, or move in a messy 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.
NAmE//ˈstræɡl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straggle
he / she / it straggles
past simple straggled
-ing form straggling