laggard

adjective
lag·gard | \ˈla-gərd \

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: Noun

Italy blinked again and again at painful economic and political reforms, and its economy remains a laggard, saddled with high public debt and low growth. New York Times, "In Spain, Mariano Rajoy’s Government Veers Toward Collapse," 30 May 2018 Tropicana Field is decrepit and poorly located, and that’s a large part of why the team is routinely among the league laggards in attendance. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rays' Proposed New Stadium Looks Beautiful, But Who Is Going to Pay for It?," 11 July 2018 Lord & Taylor, long an e-commerce laggard compared to Macy’s and other rivals, launched a page last week on Walmart.com as part of that strategy. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Lord & Taylor Is Closing 10 Stores Including Its Fifth Avenue Flagship," 5 June 2018 But Massachusetts, a leader in so many areas, is now a laggard, the only state in the whole country that has not enacted a new or revised budget for fiscal 2019. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected," 6 July 2018 The automaker has been viewed as a laggard, with little visible public road testing or major engineering talent hirings, even as rivals GM, Tesla, Uber, and Waymo racked up testing miles. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Why Ford Is Buying Detroit’s Derelict Train Station," 19 June 2018 JPMorgan’s investment bank was again a laggard, with profits falling by about one-third from a year earlier. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "JPMorgan’s Profits Are Strong, and They’ll Likely Get Stronger," 12 Jan. 2018 But the stock has been a laggard for the past five years. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Why P&G Investors Should Want Nelson Peltz on the Board," 15 Sep. 2017 That means even today’s laggards have time to catch up. Fortune, "Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?," 31 May 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laggard

: a person or thing that does not go or move as quickly as others

laggard

adjective
lag·gard | \ˈla-gərd \

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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