from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Growing or spread out in a disorderly or aimless way: straggly ivy.

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  • adj. Spread around in a chaotic and disorganized manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Straggling; lone and spread out irregularly: as, a straggly scrawl; a straggly village. [Colloq.]

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

  • adj. spreading out in different directions
  • adj. growing or spreading sparsely or irregularly


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