laggard (comparative more laggard, superlative most laggard)
- Hanging back; loitering.
- 1752, Francis Gentleman and Ben Jonson, Sejanus, A Tragedy, act 5, scene 1, page 54–55:
- But come let's wing our Steps with utmost Speed,
The swiftest Haste is laggard to the Deed.
- 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 66:
- Between blinks Tommy saw Temple in the path, her body slender and motionless for a moment as though waiting for some laggard part to catch up.
- (animal husbandry) animal which does not grow as fast as the rest of the flock.
- The laggard broilers are euthanized and incinerated.
animal not growing as fast as flockmates
laggard (plural laggards)
- One who lags behind and takes more time than is necessary.
- See also Wikisaurus:idler