- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for haggard on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for haggardness
There was a trace of haggardness in her face that told him she, too, had spent a restless night.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
Under the electric light at the dinner-table his haggardness was revealed.
She did not notice the haggardness of his face, nor the repetition of "Poor Langrishe."
I was quite startled at the oldness and haggardness of his appearance.Pelham, Complete
Dion was struck again by the strong mentality of her and by her haggardness.In the Wilderness
- Sir (Henry) Rider . 1856–1925, British author of romantic adventure stories, including King Solomon's Mines (1885)
- 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
Word Origin and History for haggardness
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.