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: Noun And until the government sets a baseline for climate action, there will be plenty of laggards, Stokes said. oregonlive, "Cities, states and companies vow to meet US climate goals without Trump. Can they?," 4 Nov. 2019 Health care stocks were among the biggest laggards. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Markets Right Now: Stocks turn higher, led by tech shares," 23 Sep. 2019 To get down to one laggard, well, that’s huge progress in the club’s 17th year of tracking high-powered women. BostonGlobe.com, "The company is the lone “zero-zero” on the Boston Club’s annual census of women at senior levels of the 100 biggest public firms in Massachusetts.," 7 Nov. 2019 By GDP 91% of the inflation-targeting world is an inflation laggard on this measure. The Economist, "The world economyInflation is losing its meaning as an economic indicator," 10 Oct. 2019 Financial stocks were laggards Wednesday as bond yields continued to slide. CBS News, "Dow slides more than 500 points as economic concerns flare," 2 Oct. 2019 Communication services stocks were the biggest laggards, weighed down by Facebook, which lost 1.9% after New York’s attorney general announced an antitrust investigation into the company. Washington Post, "US stocks edge higher following mixed jobs report," 6 Sep. 2019 Metro Denver is a relative laggard at 1.4 percent, followed by Fort Collins at 1 percent and Pueblo at 0.6 percent. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado economic growth slightly below forecast," 17 Aug. 2019 But Levi’s top executive says that really comes down to one main laggard: Sears. Jordyn Holman, Fortune, "Levi’s First Sell Rating Prompts CEO to Detail Plan for Dressing Up Its List of Retailers," 30 July 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laggardly. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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

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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