Meaning of “straggle” - Learner’s Dictionary

straggle

verb [ I ] uk us /ˈstræɡl/
MOVE SLOWLY

to move more slowly than other members of a group:

Some runners are straggling a long way behind.
GROW

to grow or spread out in an untidy way:

I could see a line of straggling bushes.

(Definition of “straggle” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)