haggard

[hag-erd]

adjective

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.

noun

Falconry. a wild or untamed hawk caught after it has assumed adult plumage.

Nearby words

  1. haggadah,
  2. haggaday,
  3. haggadic,
  4. haggadist,
  5. haggai,
  6. haggard, sir henry rider,
  7. haggardly,
  8. hagged,
  9. haggis,
  10. haggle

Origin of haggard

1560–70; orig., wild female hawk. See hag1, -ard

Related formshag·gard·ly, adverbhag·gard·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for haggardness

Haggard

noun

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

haggard

1

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 Formshaggardly, adverbhaggardness, noun

Word Origin for haggard

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

haggard

2

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

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Word Origin and History for haggardness

haggard

adj.

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.

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