laggy

adjective

lag·​gy ˈla-gē How to pronounce laggy (audio)
laggier; laggiest
: having a delayed or slow response (as to a user's input) : marked or affected by lag
To add to this frustration, the app is laggy and doesn't always immediately respond to taps and gestures. It also crashes frequently.Dwight Silverman
When we do something in WoW [World of Warcraft], it's got to feel instantly reactive, it can't feel laggy, it can't feel confusing.Cory Stockton
The throttle was so laggy that it took several seconds to catch up and get to speed.Susan Carpenter

Examples of laggy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Nest Hub exemplifies everything that’s gone wrong with smart home controls: its interface is unintuitive and inflexible, its responses are laggy, and its responses are unpredictable and often just plain wrong. Nathan Edwards, The Verge, 8 May 2023 Sadly, the 6 makes do with Mazda's previous-generation infotainment interface, which is both visually dated and noticeably laggy. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 27 Jan. 2021 Other weaknesses were its laggy response to voice commands and a lack of any navigation functionality. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 27 July 2022 The standard 177-hp inline-four feels rather lethargic, and the laggy six-speed automatic on front-wheel-drive models certainly doesn't help things out. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 28 Apr. 2022 The only differences between the two forms of competition were that the esports matches took place entirely online, were laggy, and were held outside of the official Olympics, before the Opening Ceremonies began. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Final thing: The onscreen user interface is somewhat laggy. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laggy was in 1991

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“Laggy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laggy. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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