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Definition of "laggard" []

  • One that lags; a straggler. (noun)
  • Hanging back or falling behind; dilatory. See Synonyms at slow. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "laggard" in a sentence
  • "He was classified as a laggard on my innovativeness scale because he had not adopted any of the dozen agricultural innovations recommended by agricultural experts."
  • "A laggard was the business-jet segment, whose earnings dropped 39% on flat revenue."
  • "Another laggard was the Department of Defense, which was among a group of five agencies that only met or surpassed one of its five targets."