s.h.r. haggard


(Sir) H(enry) Rider, 1856–1925, English novelist.
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haggard1 (ˈhæɡəd)
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
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]

haggard2 (ˈhæɡərd)
(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)
Sir (Henry) Rider. 1856--1925, British author of romantic adventure stories, including King Solomon's Mines (1885)

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Word Origin & History

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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