Word forms: plural stragglers
1. countable noun [usually plural]
The stragglers are the people in a group who are moving more slowly or making less progress than the others.
⇒ There were two stragglers twenty yards back.
⇒ Any straggler that fell behind or got lost in the darkness was easy prey for the enemy.
2. countable noun [usually plural]
The stragglers at an event such as a party are the people who are still there after most of the other people have left.
⇒ ...round about two o'clock in the morning when there were only a few stragglers left.
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