intransitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- to stray from the path or course, or wander from the main group
- to wander or be scattered over a wide area; ramble
- to leave, arrive, or occur at irregular intervals
- to hang in a disheveled manner, as hair, clothes, etc.
Origin of straggleMiddle English straglen, probably for an unverified form straklen, frequentative of straken, to go about, wander, roam