laggard

[lag-erd]
noun
1.
a person or thing that lags; lingerer; loiterer.
adjective
2.
moving, developing, or responding slowly; sluggish; dilatory; backward.

Origin:
1695–1705; lag1 + -ard

laggardness, noun
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laggard (ˈlæɡəd)
 
n
1.  a person who lags behind
2.  a dawdler or straggler
 
adj
3.  rare sluggish, slow, or dawdling
 
'laggardly
 
adv
 
'laggardness
 
n

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laggard
1702, from lag (v.) + -ard.
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Example sentences
The software business has been the laggard of the three until recently.
It once more finds itself surrounded by doubt and dismissed as a laggard.
Its economy is in the doldrums, the laggard of the euro area.
They also ask whether regulation slows the rate at which laggard countries
  close the gap between themselves and the leaders.
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