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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
First recorded in 1695-1705; lag1 + -ard
Related forms
laggardness, noun Unabridged
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  • At length the laggard hands of the clock were close together on the figure 6.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Not yet, Sire; he is no laggard if he reach it in three hours hence.

  • But if Reuben were laggard the innocent guardian dragon was early astir.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • Sir, the gentleman from Georgia has learned much since 1861; but he is still a laggard.

  • All this I heard, and more than ever chafed at the slackness of our laggard steeds.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • She had a way of calling to the laggard—hallooing, I believe it's supposed to be.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • However, it may have been with his Pegasus, his mount for the hunt was no laggard.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • I must have travelled at a laggard pace, if it is already midnight.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • They knew that the laggard herds were racing with the storm.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
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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