from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a lagging manner; loiteringly.

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

  • adverb In a lagging manner; loiteringly.

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  • adverb So as to lag or fall behind.


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lagging +‎ -ly


  • Prosperity came laggingly enough to the Clemens household.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • It was the afternoon of a hot, dusty August day when a worn, travel-stained pilgrim drifted laggingly into the office of the

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • It was April when Patricia came up the stairs, one night, laggingly.

    The Shield of Silence

  • It was laggingly done; for presently the talk fell into an easier flow, -- a wonder about Mr.. This, and speculation concerning Mr. That.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860

  • She followed laggingly, looking about her with infatuation.

    The Judge

  • Whether with the arrival of a younger and more energetic person she was voluntarily relinquishing her hold on her customary tasks, or whether a sudden collapse of her vitality forced her to do so, Lucy could not determine; nevertheless, it was perfectly apparent that she daily attacked her duties more laggingly and complained less loudly when things were left undone.

    The Wall Between

  • ` ` Why, '' I said, laggingly, after the silence -- ` ` why did I call the child who used to play with me ` Wee Brown Elspeth '?' '

    The White People

  • Very laggingly from around the piazza corner the girl reappeared.

    Little Eve Edgarton

  • But John Churchill walked laggingly, with bent head.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906

  • Passing the town-wharf laggingly like the maimed thing she was, limping nearer and nearer the spot whence she had set out three-quarters of an hour before, Mr. Carstairs's _Cypriani_ slowed down at an abandoned private landing -- the same one by which Peter's trunk had been conveyed ashore that morning -- and ran out her stairs.

    Captivating Mary Carstairs


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