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haggard

[ hag-erd ]
/ ˈhæg ərd /
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adjective
having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn: the haggard faces of the tired troops.
Archaic. wild; wild-looking: haggard eyes.
Falconry. (especially of a hawk caught after it has attained adult plumage) untamed.
noun
Falconry. a wild or untamed hawk caught after it has assumed adult plumage.
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Origin of haggard

First recorded in 1560–70; originally, “wild female hawk”; see hag1, -ard

OTHER WORDS FROM haggard

hag·gard·ly, adverbhag·gard·ness, noun

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Other definitions for haggard (2 of 2)

Haggard
[ hag-erd ]
/ ˈhæg ərd /

noun
(Sir) H(enry) Rider, 1856–1925, English novelist.
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British Dictionary definitions for haggard (1 of 3)

haggard1
/ (ˈhæɡəd) /

adjective
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
noun
falconry a hawk that has reached maturity before being caughtCompare eyas, passage hawk

Derived forms of haggard

haggardly, adverbhaggardness, noun

Word Origin for haggard

C16: from Old French hagard wild; perhaps related to hedge

British Dictionary definitions for haggard (2 of 3)

haggard2
/ (ˈhæɡərd) /

noun
(in Ireland and the Isle of Man) an enclosure beside a farmhouse in which crops are stored

Word Origin for haggard

C16: related to Old Norse heygarthr, from hey hay + garthr yard

British Dictionary definitions for haggard (3 of 3)

Haggard
/ (ˈhæɡəd) /

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