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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Other Words from laggard

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: Adjective Europe remains the laggard, with tourism flows from abroad still suppressed by a vaccine campaign that is behind that of the U.S. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 Anticipation of a global economic rebound has the potential to re-energize laggard small-cap and value stocks in foreign markets, largely left out of last year’s stock-market rally that was fueled mostly by large growth stocks and momentum trading. Ari I. Weinberg, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Moreover, high ambition from a group of major economies can help catalyze additional action from laggard nations. Rachel Cleetus, Scientific American, 14 Apr. 2021 There are laggard sectors, the ones left out of the work-from-home rally of 2020, that are generating decent returns. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2021 Both performances are appealing, but Mr. Ashe’s screenplay is not well served by the laggard pace and low energy of his direction. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 Two former administration officials put some of the blame for the laggard White House response on Kushner. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Nov. 2020 Despite its laggard status, Bing is a sizable business. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2020 No Italian government has ever had so much cash at its disposal as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte -- enough possibly to transform the region’s laggard economy. Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg.com, 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, on a statewide basis, Minnesota is a laggard. Marshall H. Tanick, Star Tribune, 13 June 2021 Viewed this way, MicroStrategy is actually a serious laggard; only four other stocks on the S&P 500 software group have lost value over the last 12 months. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Our New York portfolio recovered more quickly, as did Chicago, and D.C. San Francisco has been a laggard. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2021 Until only a month ago, the world's most populous nation was considered a global laggard in administering and distributing COVID-19 doses. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 27 May 2021 However, Sino Biopharma was a laggard within the sector after its Q1 earnings release. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Fiat Chrysler had been considered a laggard in the push toward electrification but had upped its commitments in recent years. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2021 Within the SeaWorld Entertainment parks portfolio, the San Diego marine park had been a laggard in terms of reopening. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2021 For laggard industry stocks that do not fit the ESG, growth, meme mold to shine since the election is a good sign that the economy’s improvement is broad-based. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of laggard was in 1702

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“Laggard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laggard. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for laggard

laggard

noun

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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