Definition of straggling in US English:

straggling

adjective

  • 1(of an irregular group) moving along slowly so as to remain some distance behind those in front.

    ‘the straggling crowd of refugees’
    1. 1.1 Grown, spread, or laid out in an irregular way.
      ‘a straggling gray beard’
      ‘a long straggling village’

Pronunciation

straggling

/ˈstræɡ(ə)lɪŋ//ˈstraɡ(ə)liNG/