Haggard definition

hăgərd
Exhausted or distraught and often gaunt in appearance.
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Untamed; unruly; wild.
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The definition of haggard is someone or something that looks worn, tired, unkept and/or unwell.

An example of haggard is a sick person with unwashed hair and rumpled clothes.

An example of haggard is an old ratty blanket.

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A haggard or refractory hawk.

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(dialect, Manx, Ireland) A stackyard, an enclosure on a farm for stacking grain, hay, etc.

"He tuk a slew [swerve] round the haggard"

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(falconry) A haggard hawk.
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(falconry) Designating a hawk captured after reaching maturity.
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Wild-eyed.
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Having a wild, wasted, worn look, as from sleeplessness, grief, or illness; gaunt; drawn.
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(person) 1856-1925; Eng. writer, esp. of adventure novels.
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Looking exhausted, worried, or poor in condition.
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(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.

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(falconry) A young or untrained hawk or falcon.
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Wild and intractable. Used of a hawk in falconry.
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An adult hawk captured for training.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
haggard
Plural:
haggards

Origin of haggard

  • French hagard wild from Old French wild hawk, raptor perhaps of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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”))

    From Wiktionary