laggard

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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.
  2. (animal husbandry) animal which does not grow as fast as the rest of the flock.
    The laggard broilers are euthanized and incinerated.

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Noun[edit]

laggard ‎(plural laggards)

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

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