Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that lags; a straggler.
  • adjective Slow or delayed in action. synonym: slow.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Slow; sluggish; backward.
  • noun One who lags; a loiterer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
  • adjective wasting time

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From lag +‎ -ard.

Examples

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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