: lagging or tending to lag : slow especially compared to others of the same kind
… 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
adverb or adjective
: 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
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