straggle VERB 1) trail slowly behind the person or people in front. 2) grow or spread out in an irregular, untidy way.
NOUN an irregular and untidy group.
DERIVATIVES straggler noun straggly adjective.
ORIGIN perhaps from dialect strake «go».

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