laggard

adjective
lag·​gard | \ ˈla-gərd How to pronounce laggard (audio) \

Definition of laggard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lagging or tending to lag : dilatory

laggard

noun

Definition of laggard (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that lags or lingers

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Adjective

laggardly adverb or adjective
laggardness noun

Examples of laggard in a Sentence

Adjective

I hate being stuck behind laggard motorists on the freeway.

Noun

The company has been a laggard in developing new products. tried to spur on the laggards at the back of the line during the hike
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chronic laggards such as Italy and pre- Emmanuel Macron France continued to lag. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Mario Draghi Has Done Enough," 14 June 2018 Those groups were among the biggest laggards during the fourth quarter’s steep slide. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Post Best January in 30 Years," 31 Jan. 2019 Government bonds look like the laggard in reacting to the shifting mood. Richard Barley, WSJ, "Global Bonds Need to Catch Up on the News," 30 July 2018 Different Approaches No carrier wants to be seen as the laggard. Scott Moritz, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G," 2 Apr. 2018 If leaders won’t run the euro in a way that profligate productivity laggards can drop out, then taxpayers in healthier states will inevitably have to open their checkbooks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Costs of the Euro," 23 Nov. 2018 Those who can teach frequently focus their attention on smarter pupils, ensuring that laggards fall further behind. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 The rise of the latter emboldens those within Mrs. Merkel’s party who might prefer to call time on bailing out one eurozone laggard after another. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy Issues a Euro Dare to Germany," 11 Oct. 2018 His boss explained the mixed message: Mr. Lowry was performing well, but his division wasn’t, and the firm’s policies prohibited raises for employees in laggard divisions. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Promotion That Comes Without the Pay Raise," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of laggard

Adjective

1702, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1705, in the meaning defined above

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laggard

noun

Financial Definition of laggard

What It Is

Laggard describes a stock that fails to perform as well as the overall market or a group of peers.

How It Works

In a broad sense, the term laggard connotes resistance to progress and a persistent pattern of falling behind. In a financial sense, a laggard may be a stock or other market-traded security that has historically underperformed on a consistent basis. For example, if biotechnology stock ABC consistently posts annual returns of only 2% when other stocks in the industry post average returns of 5%, stock ABC would be considered a laggard.

Why It Matters

If you hold them in your portfolio, laggards are generally the first candidates for selling. In the example above, holding a stock that returns 2% instead of one that returns 5% costs you 3% each year. Unless there is some solid reason to believe that a catalyst will lift shares of a stock that has historically lagged its competition, continuing to hold the laggard costs you money.

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laggard

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English Language Learners Definition of laggard

somewhat old-fashioned : a person or thing that does not go or move as quickly as others

laggard

adjective
lag·​gard | \ ˈla-gərd How to pronounce laggard (audio) \

Kids Definition of laggard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: slow to act, move, or respond He was laggard about repaying the debt.

laggard

noun

Kids Definition of laggard (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who does not go or move as quickly as others

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