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straggle (v.)

early 15c., "to wander from the proper path, stray, to rove from one's companions," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (compare dialectal Norwegian stragla "to walk laboriously"), or a frequentative of Middle English straken "to move, go." Specifically of soldiers, "be dispersed, be apart from the main body," from 1520s. Related: Straggled; straggling.

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Definitions of straggle from WordNet
1
straggle (v.)
wander from a direct or straight course;
Synonyms: sidetrack / depart / digress
straggle (v.)
go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way;
Synonyms: sprawl
2
straggle (n.)
a wandering or disorderly grouping (of things or persons);
a straggle of outbuildings
a straggle of followers
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