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  • adv. In a straggling way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a straggling manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a straggling manner; one here and one there, or one now and one again: as, to come in stragglingly.

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

  • adv. in a ragged irregular manner

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Examples

  • She mutters something about her great fear of lightning and thunder; signs her name even more stragglingly than usual, and is at last led by

    Gladys, the Reaper

  • Finally, about noon, they kicked their two prisoners into the river, and took their way stragglingly back along the right-of-way.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Primitive conditions everywhere prevailed, and communities brooded in silence, growing stragglingly in sluggish indifference, content with coarse food and coarser living.

    Three Acres and Liberty

  • As steel filings respond to a magnet, they came, and as inevitably; stragglingly, suspiciously by day, in flocks that grew to be a perfect cloud by night.

    Where the Trail Divides

  • Upon these at last broke falteringly, stragglingly, a familiar voice, the voice of Abel Reverdy, kindly and uncouth as himself, and expressive, like his presence, of an impartial interest in the feelings of both the faithful and the unfaithful.

    The Leatherwood God

  • He added, to the company generally, "Do you know what I think are the two lines of mine that go as deep as any others, in a certain direction?" and he began to repeat stragglingly certain verses from one of his earlier poems, until he came to the closing couplet.

    Literary Friends and Acquaintance; a Personal Retrospect of American Authorship

  • The water in the river is low, and spreads stragglingly over a wide surface.

    Memoirs of 30 Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers

  • I repressed, I got thro 'them as hardly, as stragglingly there,

    Browning's Shorter Poems

  • And yet recessive strains of the inner-directed type stragglingly, stubbornly, residually, partially, feebly persist on these shores; partly on account of sheer material inertia-the classic texts of the inner-directed era remain accessible to our other-directed fingers

    AFF Doublethink Online

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