The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Straggle \Strag"gle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Straggled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Straggling.] [Freq. of OE. straken to roam, to
stroke. See Stroke, v. t.]
1. To wander from the direct course or way; to rove; to
stray; to wander from the line of march or desert the line
of battle; as, when troops are on the march, the men
should not straggle. --Dryden.
2. To wander at large; to roam idly about; to ramble.
The wolf spied out a straggling kid. --L'Estrange.
3. To escape or stretch beyond proper limits, as the branches
of a plant; to spread widely apart; to shoot too far or
widely in growth.
Trim off the small, superfluous branches on each
side of the hedge that straggle too far out.
4. To be dispersed or separated; to occur at intervals.
"Straggling pistol shots." --Sir W. Scott.
They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the
straggling rocks. --Sir W.