In my own brigade there was no straggling, or, if any, so little that it did not come to my notice.
The offence of straggling is generally considered not serious.
Mechanically, sweeping back the straggling lock of hair, she raised herself without removing her eyes.
His grey hair was straggling into the puddle around his head.
We gathered, too, some idea of the size of the town from the straggling suburbs that extend out a long way up the Parramatta.
It was written in pencil in large and straggling characters.
In a few moments the judge appeared, his rosy face surrounded by a straggling white beard.
His eyes were wash-blue, and his straggling mustache drooped at the corners.
That was not many, it is true, for his house was the last of the straggling village.
Monk Soham is a straggling parish of 1600 acres and 400 inhabitants.
c.1400, "to wander from the proper path, to rove from one's companions," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian stragla "to walk laboriously"), or a frequentative of straken "to move, go." Specifically of soldiers from 1520s. Related: Straggled; straggling.