Meaning of HAGGARD in English


I. ˈhagə(r)d, ˈhaig- sometimes ˈhaag- adjective

Etymology: Middle French hagard


a. of a hawk : caught after acquiring adult plumage : untamed

b. obsolete : intractable , willful

c. obsolete : wanton , unchaste

if I do prove her haggard … I'll whistle her off — Shakespeare

2. : wild in appearance: as

a. of the eyes : wild and staring

b. of a person : wild-eyed

staring his eyes, and haggard was his look — John Dryden

c. : having a worn or emaciated appearance caused by privation, suffering, anxiety, or age : harrowed, gaunt

thin and worn, haggard from sleeplessness — Adria Langley

• hag·gard·ly adverb

• hag·gard·ness noun -es

II. noun

( -s )

1. : an adult hawk caught wild — compare eyas

2. obsolete : an intractable person ; especially : a woman reluctant to yield to wooing

I have loved this proud disdainful haggard — Shakespeare

III. ˈ(h)agəd noun

( -s )

Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse heygarthr stockyard, from hey hay + garthr yard — more at hay , yard

dialect Britain : a small plot of farm land ; especially : an open area between the house and barn for keeping cattle or storing grain

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.