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Wordnet 3.0


1. spreading out in different directions;
- Example: "sprawling handwriting"
- Example: "straggling branches"
- Example: "straggly hair"
[syn: sprawling, straggling, rambling, straggly]

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. [1913 Webster] 2. To wander at large; to roam idly about; to ramble. [1913 Webster] The wolf spied out a straggling kid. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Trim off the small, superfluous branches on each side of the hedge that straggle too far out. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 4. To be dispersed or separated; to occur at intervals. "Straggling pistol shots." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the straggling rocks. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Straggling \Strag"gling\, a. & n. from Straggle, v. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

straggling adj 1: spreading out in different directions; "sprawling handwriting"; "straggling branches"; "straggly hair" [syn: sprawling, straggling, rambling, straggly]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

115 Moby Thesaurus words for "straggling": aimless, amorphous, broadcast, capricious, casual, circumforaneous, desultory, diffuse, disarticulated, discontinuous, discrete, discursive, disjunct, disordered, dispersed, dispread, disproportionate, disseminated, dissipated, distributed, divagatory, dragged out, drawn, drawn out, drifting, elongated, errant, erratic, extended, fitful, flitting, floating, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, formless, frivolous, fugitive, gadding, gratuitous, gypsy-like, gypsyish, haphazard, hit-or-miss, immethodical, inchoate, incoherent, indiscriminate, irregular, landloping, lengthened, meandering, meaningless, migrational, migratory, misshapen, nomad, nomadic, nonsymmetrical, nonsystematic, nonuniform, orderless, planless, prolongated, prolonged, promiscuous, protracted, pulled, rambling, random, ranging, roaming, roving, scattered, senseless, shapeless, shifting, sparse, spasmodic, sporadic, spread, spun out, straggly, strained, straying, stretched, stretched out, strewn, strolling, strown, strung out, systemless, taut, tense, tight, traipsing, transient, transitory, transmigratory, unarranged, unclassified, undirected, ungraded, unjoined, unmethodical, unordered, unorganized, unsorted, unsymmetrical, unsystematic, ununiform, vagabond, vagrant, vague, wandering, widespread