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[lag-erd] /ˈlæg ərd/
a person or thing that lags; lingerer; loiterer.
moving, developing, or responding slowly; sluggish; dilatory; backward.
Origin of laggard
1695-1705; lag1 + -ard
Related forms
laggardness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laggard
  • 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.
  • For so long a laggard in the euro area, its economy is now growing faster than the regional average.
  • Business has to some degree been a laggard in this process.
  • It will be novel, combining advance technology with laggard infrastructure.
  • Except for a laggard quality in the ballet movements, it moves with a mettlesome step.
  • In this case, being a laggard adopter will serve me well.
  • But the company is saddled with an awful public image as the perennial laggard.
British Dictionary definitions for laggard


a person who lags behind
a dawdler or straggler
(rare) sluggish, slow, or dawdling
Derived Forms
laggardly, adverb
laggardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for laggard

1702 (adj.), from lag (v.) + -ard. From 1757 as a noun.

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