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Haggard

[hag-erd] /ˈhæg ərd/
noun
1.
(Sir) H(enry) Rider, 1856–1925, English novelist.
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haggard1

/ˈhæɡəd/
adjective
1.
careworn or gaunt, as from lack of sleep, anxiety, or starvation
2.
wild or unruly
3.
(of a hawk) having reached maturity in the wild before being caught
noun
4.
(falconry) a hawk that has reached maturity before being caught Compare eyas, passage hawk
Derived Forms
haggardly, adverb
haggardness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French hagard wild; perhaps related to hedge

haggard2

/ˈhæɡərd/
noun
1.
(in Ireland and the Isle of Man) an enclosure beside a farmhouse in which crops are stored
Word Origin
C16: related to Old Norse heygarthr, from hey hay + garthr yard

Haggard

/ˈhæɡəd/
noun
1.
Sir (Henry) Rider. 1856–1925, British author of romantic adventure stories, including King Solomon's Mines (1885)
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Word Origin and History for h rider haggard

haggard

adj.

1560s, "wild, unruly" (originally in reference to hawks), from Middle French haggard, probably from Old French faulcon hagard "wild falcon," literally "falcon of the woods," from Middle High German hag "hedge, copse, wood," from Proto-Germanic *hagon-, from PIE root *kagh- "to catch, seize;" also "wickerwork, fence" (see hedge). OED, however, finds this whole derivation "very doubtful." Sense perhaps reinforced by Low German hager "gaunt, haggard." Sense of "with a haunted expression" first recorded 1690s, that of "careworn" first recorded 1853. Sense influenced by association with hag. Related: Haggardly; haggardness.

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