Definition of haggard in English:



  • 1Looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering:

    ‘she was pale and haggard’
    ‘Alex's haggard face’
    • ‘Chloe read my thoughts and judged my appearance, which was haggard and exhausted.’
    • ‘The two bandits, their haggard features grim with battle-blood, edged toward the tall warrior.’
    • ‘‘Yes, nurse,’ Dann replied meekly, grinning at her despite his pale, haggard look.’
    • ‘His unit was this close to packing off his personal effects to his parents, as one of the photos I have is of Dad, noticeably thin and haggard, holding the box addressed to his mother.’
    • ‘These real soldiers are starting to look more haggard every day, obviously suffering from combat stress.’
    • ‘I just hope they don't get even more haggard with all that worry than so many of them currently look.’
    • ‘Chris was the only one who didn't seem to look haggard and exhausted.’
    • ‘She is haggard, pale, and her hair is matted with blood.’
    • ‘There were still some remains of her make-up from the day before, smudged mascara underneath her eyes, a thin line of eyeliner all making her look exhausted and almost haggard.’
    • ‘Her father was still there, but this time he was on the phone and his expression was haggard with worry.’
    • ‘I saw him again yesterday and he still looks haggard and tired.’
    • ‘His flawless face was now haggard with exhaustion, and she sensed his energy stores were almost depleted.’
    • ‘His muscular body was bent and haggard, he was exhausted but still fighting with everything he had.’
    • ‘Like all the street children, he is thin and haggard.’
    • ‘She was so tired and haggard looking, it hurt him to see her that way.’
    • ‘The sorcerer looks haggard, exhausted, but otherwise uninjured.’
    • ‘His hair was mussed, his features rather haggard.’
    • ‘They were haggard and thin but strong and well armed.’
    • ‘It featured a ragged, haggard man who was supposed to serve as a warning about the consequences of drug addiction.’
    • ‘His father ran a hand over his face, slightly haggard in his worry for his son.’
    careworn, tired, drained, drawn, raddled
    unwell, unhealthy, sickly, spent, sapped, washed out, rundown, exhausted
    gaunt, grim, pinched, peaked, peaky, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed
    pale, wan, grey, ashen, pallid, pasty-faced, sallow
    thin, emaciated, wasted, cadaverous, ghastly, ghostlike, deathlike
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  • 2(of a hawk) caught for training as a wild adult of more than twelve months.

    Compare with passage hawk
    • ‘We only got two in the nets, but what we lacked in quantity, we made for in quality - a passage goshawk and a haggard red-tailed hawk.’


  • A haggard hawk.

    • ‘They interred her remains in a corner of the cabbage haggard.’


Mid 16th century (used in falconry): from French hagard; perhaps related to hedge; later influenced by hag.