A man looking haggard.
- An example of haggard is a sick person with unwashed hair and rumpled clothes.
- An example of haggard is an old ratty blanket.
The definition of haggard is someone or something that looks worn, tired, unkept and/or unwell.
- Falconry designating a hawk captured after reaching maturity
- untamed; unruly; wild
- having a wild, wasted, worn look, as from sleeplessness, grief, or illness; gaunt; drawn
Origin of haggardMiddle French hagard, untamed, untamed hawk
Falconry a haggard hawk
1856-1925; Eng. writer, esp. of adventure novels
- Exhausted or distraught and often gaunt in appearance.
- Wild and intractable. Used of a hawk in falconry.
An adult hawk captured for training.
Origin of haggardFrench hagard wild from Old French wild hawk, raptor perhaps of Germanic origin
(comparative more haggard, superlative most haggard)
- (dialect, Manx, Ireland) A stackyard, an enclosure on a farm for stacking grain, hay, etc.
- "He tuk a slew [swerve] round the haggard"
- (falconry) A hunting bird captured as an adult.
- A "haggard" is a bird captured as an adult and therefore of unknown age; often, the law prohibits capturing birds of mating age. Falconry Pro
- (falconry) A young or untrained hawk or falcon.