laggard

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Etymology[edit]

From lag +‎ -ard.

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laggard (comparative more laggard, superlative most laggard)

  1. Hanging back; loitering.
    • 1752, Francis Gentleman and Ben Jonson, Sejanus, A Tragedy, act 5, scene 1, page 54–55:
      But come let's wing our Steps with utmost Speed,
      The swiftest Haste is laggard to the Deed.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 66:
      Between blinks Tommy saw Temple in the path, her body slender and motionless for a moment as though waiting for some laggard part to catch up.

Noun[edit]

laggard (plural laggards)

  1. One who lags behind and takes more time than is necessary.

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