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

  • adj. Appearing worn and exhausted; gaunt.
  • adj. Wild or distraught in appearance.
  • adj. Wild and intractable. Used of a hawk in falconry.
  • n. An adult hawk captured for training.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Looking exhausted and unwell, in poor condition
  • adj. Wild or untamed
  • n. A stackyard, an enclosure on a farm for stacking grain, hay, etc.
  • n. A hunting bird captured as an adult.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wild or intractable; disposed to break away from duty; untamed.
  • adj. Having the expression of one wasted by want or suffering; hollow-eyed; having the features distorted or wasted by pain; wild and wasted, or anxious in appearance.
  • n. A young or untrained hawk or falcon.
  • n. A fierce, intractable creature.
  • n. A hag.
  • n. A stackyard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wild; intractable: said of a hawk or falcon.
  • Hence Untamed; lawless; wanton; profligate.
  • n. A hawk; specifically, in falconry, a wild hawk caught when in its adult plumage.
  • n. A hag; an ugly old woman; also, a wanton.
  • Wild-looking, as from prolonged suffering, terror, or want; careworn; gaunt; wildly staring.
  • Desperately wild; reckless: with reference to an act.
  • Synonyms Grim, Grisly, etc. (see ghastly); lean, worn, wasted (especially in countenance).
  • n. A stack-yard.

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

  • adj. showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • adj. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  • n. British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925)


French hagard, wild, from Old French, wild hawk, raptor, perhaps of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"))[2] (Wiktionary)



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