draggle

draggle
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To hang or cause to hang down and be pulled along behind: drag, trail, train. See HANG.

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  • draggle — 1510s, frequentative of DRAG. (Cf. drag.) This led to draggle tail sloppy woman, woman whose skirts are wet and draggled (1590s). Related: Draggled …   Etymology dictionary

  • Draggle — Drag gle (dr[a^]g g l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Draggled} (dr[a^]g g ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Draggling} (dr[a^]g gl[i^]ng).] [Freq. of drag. [root]73. Cf. {Drawl}.] To wet and soil by dragging on the ground, mud, or wet grass; to drabble; to trail.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draggle — Drag gle, v. i. To be dragged on the ground; to become wet or dirty by being dragged or trailed in the mud or wet grass. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draggle — [drag′əl] vt. draggled, draggling [freq. of DRAG] to make wet and dirty by dragging in mud or water vi. 1. to be or become draggled; trail on the ground 2. to lag behind; straggle …   English World dictionary

  • draggle — v. 1 tr. make dirty or wet or limp by trailing. 2 intr. hang trailing. 3 intr. lag; straggle in the rear. Phrases and idioms: draggle tailed (of a woman) with untidily trailing skirts. Etymology: DRAG + LE(4) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Draggle-tail — Drag gle tail , n. A slattern who suffers her gown to trail in the mire; a drabble tail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draggle-tailed — Drag gle tailed , a. Untidy; sluttish; slatternly. W. Irving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draggle-tail — /drag euhl tayl /, n. slut; slattern. [1590 1600; DRAGGLE + TAIL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • draggle-tailed — /drag euhl tayld /, adj. untidy; bedraggled; slovenly. [1645 55; DRAGGLE TAIL + ED3] * * * …   Universalium

  • draggle-tailed — /drag euhl tayld /, adj. untidy; bedraggled; slovenly. [1645 55; DRAGGLE TAIL + ED3] …   Useful english dictionary

  • draggle — verb (draggled; draggling) Etymology: frequentative of drag Date: 1513 transitive verb to make wet and dirty by dragging intransitive verb 1. to trail on the ground 2. straggle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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