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A man looking haggard.

A man looking haggard.

adjective

    The definition of haggard is someone or something that looks worn, tired, unkept and/or unwell.

    1. An example of haggard is a sick person with unwashed hair and rumpled clothes.
    2. An example of haggard is an old ratty blanket.

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haggard

  1. Falconry designating a hawk captured after reaching maturity
  2. untamed; unruly; wild
    1. wild-eyed
    2. having a wild, wasted, worn look, as from sleeplessness, grief, or illness; gaunt; drawn

Origin of haggard

Middle French hagard, untamed, untamed hawk

Falconry a haggard hawk

Haggard

1856-1925; Eng. writer, esp. of adventure novels

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haggard

adjective

  1. Exhausted or distraught and often gaunt in appearance.
  2. Wild and intractable. Used of a hawk in falconry.

noun

An adult hawk captured for training.

Origin of haggard

French hagard wild from Old French wild hawk, raptor perhaps of Germanic origin

Related Forms:

  • hag′gard·ly

    adverb

  • hag′gard·ness

    noun

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Adjective

(comparative more haggard, superlative most haggard)

  1. Looking exhausted , worried, or poor in condition
  2. Wild or untamed
    a haggard or refractory hawk
Noun

(plural haggards)

  1. (dialect, Manx, Ireland) A stackyard , an enclosure on a farm for stacking grain, hay, etc.
    “He tuk a slew [swerve] round the haggard”
  2. (falconry) A hunting bird captured as an adult.
    A “haggard” is a bird captured as an adult and therefore of unknown age; often, the law prohibits capturing birds of mating age. Falconry Pro
  3. (falconry) A young or untrained hawk or falcon.
Origin

From Old French faulcon hagard (“wild falcon”) (> French hagard (“dazed”)), from Middle High German hag (“coppice”) (> archaic German Hag (“hedge, grove”)). Akin to Frankish hagia (> French haie (“hedge”))

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  • A lot of people think they hate country music, and if you’re one of them, then Merle Haggard is just the kind of artist you need to hear.
  • A joke about being over-the-hill is not as funny if the person on the card looks happy and well-rested instead of haggard and exhausted.
  • Regular trims (every 8-12 weeks) are still necessary for all areas, since damaged hair grows unevenly, creating a more haggard style.
  • Haggard, along with artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sr, Willie Nelson, and Patsy Cline really transcend genres – they just plain make good music that just so happens to be called country.
  • Haggard was actually inspired to write this good ole boy anthem because of a stay in San Quentin Prison, where he spent three years on an attempted robbery charge.
 
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haggard

adjective

hag·​gard


| \ˈha-gərd

\

Definition of haggard 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1
of a hawk

: not tamed

2a

: wild in appearance


b

: having a worn or emaciated appearance : gaunt

haggard faces looked up sadly from out of the straw— W. M. Thackeray

haggard

noun

Definition of haggard (Entry 2 of 3)

1

: an adult hawk caught wild

2
obsolete

: an intractable person

Haggard

biographical name

Hag·​gard


| \ˈha-gərd

\

Definition of Haggard (Entry 3 of 3)

Sir (Henry) Rider 1856–1925 English novelist






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Synonyms: Adjective

cadaverous , emaciated , gaunt , skeletal , wasted

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Adjective

Haggard comes from falconry, the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. The birds used in falconry were not bred in captivity until very recently. Traditionally, falconers trained wild birds that were either taken from the nest when quite young or trapped as adults. A bird trapped as an adult is termed a haggard, from the Middle French hagard. Such a bird is notoriously wild and difficult to train, and it wasn’t long before the falconry sense of haggard was being applied in an extended way to a “wild” and intractable person. Next, the word came to express the way the human face looks when a person is exhausted, anxious, or terrified. Today, the most common meaning of haggard is “gaunt” or “worn.”

Examples of haggard in a Sentence

Adjective


She looked tired and haggard.


We were shocked by his haggard appearance.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective


On a visit last month, the AP saw dozens of haggard children working in an artisanal mine 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Kapoeta town as well as children doing other hard labor throughout the city.

Sam Mednick, Fox News, “In South Sudan, some children work in mines to survive,” 12 Sep. 2018



As the foreboding chorus of Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana fills the open-air amphitheater, a haggard witch appears on an overhanging television screen to issue a blood-chilling curse.

Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, “Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People,” 1 June 2018



Gregorio, a 62-year-old former carpenter who lives alone, looked haggard.

Sarah Varney, CNN, “Isolation leads to despair, suicide among older Puerto Ricans,” 11 May 2018



Everywhere last November show allegedly haggard and sick birds crowded into tight spaces.

Washington Post, “Activists charged with stealing turkey from Utah plant,” 4 May 2018



Last May he was arrested for driving under the influence and his haggard face was paraded around the world in his police mugshot.

Rob Hodgetts, CNN, “Tiger Woods’ Masters return evokes ‘Tiger mania’ of old,” 3 Apr. 2018



Similarly, there will be a trio of haggard publicists, all working to clear their client’s good name.

Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, “American Crime Story: Who Bit Beyoncé,” 28 Mar. 2018



The puppets, by design, look noble and haggard; life on Trash Island isn’t easy.

Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, “The Alpha Mutts of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”,” 16 Mar. 2018



Sean Bean is in excellent Sean Bean form as detective Marlott, playing the character as half-haggard half-heroic.

Lincoln Michel, GQ, “The Great Bingeable Gothic Mystery on Netflix,” 17 Mar. 2018


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Finally, a sweating and haggard Bourdain trudges to the table with his cauldron of stew.

Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, “Anthony Bourdain’s Extreme Empathy,” 10 June 2018



This is what Ignatieff finds in Rio’s favelas, in the municipal workers of Fukushima, in the haggard, persistent survivors of genocidal violence in Bosnia.

James Traub, New York Times, “Is Globalization Drawing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?,” 11 Oct. 2017



The toll was evident on Snyder, who had been transformed from a radiant persona to gaunt and haggard and clearly troubled by the end.

Vahe Gregorian, kansascity.com, “Vahe Gregorian: After long fall from Mizzou, Quin Snyder reinvents himself the hard way,” 5 May 2017



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First Known Use of haggard

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1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haggard

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Middle French hagard

Noun

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English Language Learners Definition of haggard

: looking very thin and tired especially from great hunger, worry, or pain

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| \ˈha-gərd

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Kids Definition of haggard

: having a hungry, tired, or worried look

… she stared down at the table at a loss for words and then, at last, she raised a haggard face.— Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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