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[strag-lee] /ˈstræg li/
adjective, stragglier, straggliest.
straggling; rambling.
Origin of straggly
1865-70; straggle + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The main column of soldiers far below poured up to the village and went down the straggly street in a tide of dark figures.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • His face above his straggly whiskers was red with temper and with liquor.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • It was a junk wagon, and on the seat was a dirty, ragged man with a straggly black beard.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • They're black and lustrous, but by leaving them straggly they're a blemish.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • His hair was grey--rather long and straggly--his eyes hazel, looking through spectacles wildly.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • He looked down at the ground and up into the straggly palms, then heaved a sigh.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • There was a screen of straggly brush, with emptiness beyond.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Then comes a town deep in black mud—a straggly, inch-thick plank town, with dull red grain elevators.

  • In spite of his straggly beard and unkempt appearance, there was a vague suggestion of the soldier about him.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
  • His straggly gray beard confronted the fire-fighters everywhere, goading on the laggards, cheering the valiant.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

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