Definitions

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  • n. One who straggles, or departs from the direct or proper course, or from the company to which he belongs.
  • n. One who falls behind the rest.
  • n. One who rambles without any settled direction.
  • n. A roving vagabond.
  • n. Something that shoots, or spreads out, beyond the rest, or too far; an exuberant growth.
  • n. Something that stands alone or by itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who straggles, or departs from the direct or proper course, or from the company to which he belongs; one who falls behind the rest; one who rambles without any settled direction.
  • n. A roving vagabond.
  • n. Something that shoots, or spreads out, beyond the rest, or too far; an exuberant growth.
  • n. Something that stands alone or by itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who straggles or strays away, as from his fellows or from the direct or proper course; one who lags behind or becomes separated in any way from his companions, as from a body of troops on the march.
  • n. Specifically, in ornithology, a stray, or strayed bird, out of its usual range, or off its regular migration.
  • n. One who roams or wanders about at random, or without settled direction or object; a wanderer; a vagabond; especially, a wandering, shiftless fellow; a tramp.
  • n. Something that shoots beyond the rest or too far; an exuberant growth.
  • n. Something that stands apart from others; a solitary or isolated individual.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who strays or falls behind

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Examples

  • No enemy fighters sighted - thank God - because a straggler is a dead duck.

    Ray J. Dunphy

  • No such luck … I was a math straggler from the get-go.

    On the blueline: One game to go, vs. Canada, gold at stake

  • At this rate, it has been calculated that our passenger-pigeon might go to Europe in three days; indeed, a straggler is said to have been actually shot in Scotland.

    Rural Hours

  • Edwin, who with Grimsby had volunteered the dangerous service of reconnoitring the enemy, returned within an hour, bringing in a straggler from the English camp.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Edwin, who, with Grimsby, had volunteered the dangerous service of reconnoitering the enemy, returned within an hour, bringing in a straggler from the English camp.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • The closest thing to a straggler is the Oakland Raiders, who haven't taken a lineman that high since 2004.

    Brownsville Herald :

  • Having already satisfied myself as to the several modes in which the four others attained felicity, I next set my mind at work to discover what enjoyments were peculiar to the old "straggler," as the people of the country would have termed the wandering mendicant and prophet.

    Twice Told Tales

  • Marine Animal Rescue spokesman Peter Wallerstein said Monday the "straggler" is healthy and probably just taking its time to get to Alaska.

    Home

  • Except for a straggler male who tried to jump on his back.

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • We notice one straggler, apparently disoriented from lack of oxygen to the brain, making his way up the slope.

    My Quest to Bring Karaoke to Mt. Everest

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