Definition of straggle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    straggle

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps from dialect strake ‘go’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: straggle