- having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn: the haggard faces of the tired troops.
- wild; wild-looking: haggard eyes.
- Falconry. (especially of a hawk caught after it has attained adult plumage) untamed.
- Falconry. a wild or untamed hawk caught after it has assumed adult plumage.
Origin of haggard
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- (Sir) H(enry) Rider,1856–1925, English novelist.
Examples from the Web for haggard
He took the techniques of H. Rider Haggard and Jules Verne and brought them into the 20th century.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
Next day, DSK was perp-walking his way, haggard and grizzled, into infamy.French Political Sex Movie About DSK Sets Cannes Aquiver
May 17, 2014
Or of the fact that Haggard was a Hillary supporter and wrote a song endorsing her candidacy?Vince Gill Confronts Fringe Groups and Gives Country Some Cred
September 11, 2013
He was so haggard he looked “like hell,” he confided to Betsy.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
Those who criticize the Duggars, Haggard said, cannot empathize with their pain and disappointment.The Duggars' Photo of Their Stillborn Baby Ignites Debate
Maria Elena Fernandez
December 16, 2011
The biting finger of agony had drawn lines upon his haggard brow.
Renmark stepped into the light, and she saw his face was haggard with fatigue and anxiety.
The officers, haggard but tireless, aroused them frequently.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Sleep forsook the unfortunate men, and their eyes grew wild and haggard.The Field of Ice
Her fright left her trembling, with haggard eyes in her pale face.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- careworn or gaunt, as from lack of sleep, anxiety, or starvation
- wild or unruly
- (of a hawk) having reached maturity in the wild before being caught
- (in Ireland and the Isle of Man) an enclosure beside a farmhouse in which crops are stored
- Sir (Henry) Rider . 1856–1925, British author of romantic adventure stories, including King Solomon's Mines (1885)
Word Origin and History for haggard
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.