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straggler

If you're a straggler, you tend to dawdle at the very back of a group, often becoming separated from them because you're moving so slowly. Stragglers are constantly in danger of missing the bus.

A straggler is the last person to leave a party, lingering to finish their cake and wander around looking for their coat. On a field trip, chaperones worry about losing stragglers who keep wandering away from the group. Straggler and straggle probably share a root with the Norwegian stragla, "walk laboriously." In astronomy, a blue straggler is an unusually luminous star originally believed to have formed later than the other stars in its cluster.

Definitions of straggler
  1. noun
    someone who strays or falls behind
    synonyms: strayer
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    type of:
    dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
    someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
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