laggard

[ lag-erd ]
/ ˈlæg ərd /

noun

a person or thing that lags; lingerer; loiterer.

adjective

moving, developing, or responding slowly; sluggish; dilatory; backward.

Nearby words

  1. lagered-up,
  2. lagerfeld,
  3. lagerkvist,
  4. lagerlöf,
  5. lagerlöf, selma,
  6. laggardly,
  7. laggen,
  8. laggen-gird,
  9. lagger,
  10. laggin

Origin of laggard

First recorded in 1695–1705; lag1 + -ard

Related formslag·gard·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for laggard

laggard

/ (ˈlæɡəd) /

noun

a person who lags behind
a dawdler or straggler

adjective

rare sluggish, slow, or dawdling
Derived Formslaggardly, adverblaggardness, noun

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Word Origin and History for laggard

laggard

1702 (adj.), from lag (v.) + -ard. From 1757 as a noun.

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