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haggard

[hag-erd] /ˈhæg ərd/
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 of haggard
1560-1570
1560-70; orig., wild female hawk. See hag1, -ard
Related forms
haggardly, adverb
haggardness, noun
Synonyms
1. emaciated, drawn, hollow-eyed.
Antonyms
1. robust.
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Examples from the Web for haggardness
Historical Examples
  • The hardness and the haggardness, the weariness and shame, all suspicion and all reserve, were gone from it.

  • Under the electric light at the dinner-table his haggardness was revealed.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • There was a haggardness in those features, a melancholy in the dark blue eyes, George did not like to see.

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Dion was struck again by the strong mentality of her and by her haggardness.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Her face was masklike, but there was the same look of haggardness about her eyes as there was in her husband's face.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • She was looking into the fire and the haggardness of her face had softened.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • She did not notice the haggardness of his face, nor the repetition of "Poor Langrishe."

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • He had been standing erect by the table, still with the smile toning his haggardness.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • He had not shaved for three days, and a growth of stubbly beard intensified the haggardness that came of insufficient sleep.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • A gleam of gratified slyness lit up the haggardness of Northwick's face.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for haggardness

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 haggardness

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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