haggardness

haggard

[hag-erd]
adjective
1.
having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn: the haggard faces of the tired troops.
2.
wild; wild-looking: haggard eyes.
3.
Falconry. (especially of a hawk caught after it has attained adult plumage) untamed.
noun
4.
Falconry. a wild or untamed hawk caught after it has assumed adult plumage.

Origin:
1560–70; orig., wild female hawk. See hag1, -ard

haggardly, adverb
haggardness, noun


1. emaciated, drawn, hollow-eyed.


1. robust.
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haggard1 (ˈhæɡəd)
 
adj
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
 
n
4.  falconry eyas Compare passage hawk a hawk that has reached maturity before being caught
 
[C16: from Old French hagard wild; perhaps related to hedge]
 
'haggardly1
 
adv
 
'haggardness1
 
n

haggard2 (ˈhæɡərd)
 
n
(in Ireland and the Isle of Man) an enclosure beside a farmhouse in which crops are stored
 
[C16: related to Old Norse heygarthr, from hey hay + garthr yard]

Haggard (ˈhæɡəd)
 
n
Sir (Henry) Rider. 1856--1925, British author of romantic adventure stories, including King Solomon's Mines (1885)

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haggard
1567, "wild, unruly," from M.Fr. haggard, probably from O.Fr. faulcon hagard "wild falcon," lit. "falcon of the woods," from M.H.G. hag "hedge, copse, wood," from P.Gmc. *khag-. Sense perhaps reinforced by Low Ger. hager "gaunt, haggard." Sense of "with a haunted expression" first recorded 1697, that
of "careworn" first recorded 1853. Sense infl. by association with hag (q.v.).
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