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

Definition of laggard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lagging or tending to lag : slow especially compared to others of the same kind a laggard pace … we arrived in Northville, to find … the celebrated ducks playing host to a laggard flock of dark-brown Canada geese.The New Yorker With sugar prices weak, the stock has been laggard.— Richard B. Hoey


plural laggards

Definition of laggard (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone or something that lags or lingers : someone or something that is slow especially compared to others of the same kind A few laggards slowed down the pace of the hike. The company has been accused of being a laggard in adopting new technology. They [brown bears] usually catch salmon by chasing them through shallow water and pouncing on the laggards.National Wildlife

Other Words from laggard


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These are all new cores from ARM, and the big and little cores are 64-bit only, with only the medium cores able to run any laggard 32-bit applications. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 21 Mar. 2022 However, the American pandemic response has also been faulted for an at times laggard pace at tracking and analyzing the spread of the virus compared to its counterparts abroad. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 14 Mar. 2022 The sector is currently booming, and massive funding announcements are a common occurrence, a testament to the fact that the laggard construction industry has finally woken up to the need to innovate. Angelica Krystle Donati, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Their laggard approach toward data can be attributed to a host of factors. Deepak Mittal, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 This is not that surprising, when the great value add that product and process innovation can bring to the enormous and laggard construction sector is considered. Angelica Krystle Donati, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The Kremlin has attributed the mounting contagion and deaths to a laggard vaccination rate., 13 Oct. 2021 The interior styling of laggard properties can be off-putting or set the imagination on fire. New York Times, 2 July 2021 But stocks did recover somewhat yesterday, and the laggard Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) was able to regain the 34,000 mark when all was said and done. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All sectors were green, with healthcare +4.66%, tech +4.6%, and discretionary +3.72%, while real estate was the laggard at +0.76%. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 The European Union, meanwhile, has given 202 shots to every 100 citizens, while Japan, once a vaccine laggard, has provided 230 jabs per 100 citizens. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 20 July 2022 Multiple veto points in the policymaking process make the U.S. federal government a climate laggard. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 4 July 2022 The top sub-sectors were lithium and battery-related stocks, while online education was a laggard. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Despite hosting some of the world’s top tech companies, like LG and Samsung, South Korea has been a surprising laggard regarding cybercrime and only launched a National Cybersecurity Strategy under the Moon Jae-in administration in 2018. Charlie Campbell, Time, 5 May 2022 Unfortunately, prior to Covid-19, the industry had been a digital laggard. Ilja Gorelik, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The Australian government is considered a laggard on climate action. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 Amazon has reclaimed its longstanding title as a market leader after being a laggard in 2021. Ryan Vlastelica,, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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1702, in the meaning defined above


1705, in the meaning defined above

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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.



Kids Definition of laggard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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