Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that lags; a straggler.
  • adj. Hanging back or falling behind; dilatory. See Synonyms at slow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Hanging back; loitering.
  • n. One who lags behind and takes more time than is necessary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Slow; sluggish; backward.
  • n. One who lags; a loiterer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slow; sluggish; backward.
  • n. One who lags; a loiterer; a lazy, slack fellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
  • adj. wasting time

Etymologies

From lag +‎ -ard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was classified as a laggard on my innovativeness scale because he had not adopted any of the dozen agricultural innovations recommended by agricultural experts.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • A laggard was the business-jet segment, whose earnings dropped 39% on flat revenue.

    BE Aerospace Profit Climbs

  • Another laggard was the Department of Defense, which was among a group of five agencies that only met or surpassed one of its five targets.

    US Misses Target for Small-Business Contracts

  • The point of reference for the laggard is the past.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • If the people about you are carrying on their business or their benevolence at a pace which drains the life out of you, resolutely take a slower pace; be called a laggard, make less money, accomplish less work than they, but be what you were meant to be and can be.

    Daily Strength for Daily Needs

  • And if the laggard is a man, they imitate the cry with which they call a he-goat; if a woman, the cry with which they call a she-goat.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • ” And if the laggard is a man, they imitate the cry with which they call a he-goat; if a woman, the cry with which they call a she-goat.

    Chapter 48. The Corn-Spirit as an Animal. § 6. The Corn-spirit as a Goat

  • Growth was led by the resource industries category, with 53% revenue growth, but even the so-called laggard, power, was up 32%.

  • Girls and high school sports: complaints tag laggard schools - CSMonitor.com

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Emerging stock bull run fuels hunt for laggard trades equity bull run may extend into 2010 are prompting investors who missed the rally to seek out so-called laggard

    WN.com - Business News

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  • He stood in the porch and watched the laggard hurry towards the scrappy field where sharp voices were in strife.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 2

    December 29, 2006