American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Growing or spread out in a disorderly or aimless way: straggly ivy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Straggling; lone and spread out irregularly: as, a straggly scrawl; a straggly village. [Colloq.]
- adj. spreading out in different directions
- adj. growing or spreading sparsely or irregularly
“He just hates what he calls straggly straight hair.”
“It's a wonderfully evocative and private moment, the boy looking kind of straggly and no longer hip without the rain coat and leather jacket to bulk him up, and the girl suggesting her sensuality and sexiness with just the slender curve of her back to the camera.”
“At the Riding-house in Nicolson Street was a kind of straggly group, with red-coats interspersed.”
“He pointed to the straggly, exhaust-choked line of spiny hedging that grew against the railing.”
“His thinning white hair was straggly on his skull, his worn Dallas Cowboys jacket in need of replacing, his jeans hanging loose on his body, his feet clad in old sneakers.”
“Steve Jones, then a student at University College London, recounts how he was approached by a stooped middle-aged American with a straggly beard and wild hair who told me, with great intensity, that he had a hotline to Jesus.”
“One December day we found an old straggly cat at our door.”
“Fog darkened the wood and hung over the pond, turning the straggly trees near the shore into ghostly figures.”
“Reid, a six-foot-four British-Jamaican with an unkempt semi-Afro and a straggly beard, attracted considerable attention from security officers, particularly when they found a magazine he was carrying that showed a picture of Osama bin Laden.”
“He was originally portrayed as having neatly trimmed purple-grey hair, but this was soon redesigned to be a long, straggly, grey-black mane, and more recently intodreadlocks.”
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