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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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  • Not yet, Sire; he is no laggard if he reach it in three hours hence.

  • At length the laggard hands of the clock were close together on the figure 6.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Time doth slip by with astonishing speed—though, indeed, 'twas laggard enough in the galleys and in the prison of Cadiz.

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
  • Sir, the gentleman from Georgia has learned much since 1861; but he is still a laggard.

  • On the contrary, he thought that Garrison was a time-server and a laggard who needed to be spurred and driven.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • All this I heard, and more than ever chafed at the slackness of our laggard steeds.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • I feel like a laggard, with you girls all working so hard at some business.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • However, it may have been with his Pegasus, his mount for the hunt was no laggard.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Oh, guide this laggard pen To write of one who loved his fellow men!

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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