Definition of haggard in English:

haggard

adjective

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

    ‘she was pale and haggard’
    ‘Alex's haggard face’
    • ‘Like all the street children, he is thin and haggard.’
    • ‘Her father was still there, but this time he was on the phone and his expression was haggard with worry.’
    • ‘His flawless face was now haggard with exhaustion, and she sensed his energy stores were almost depleted.’
    • ‘His hair was mussed, his features rather haggard.’
    • ‘These real soldiers are starting to look more haggard every day, obviously suffering from combat stress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just hope they don't get even more haggard with all that worry than so many of them currently look.’
    • ‘She was so tired and haggard looking, it hurt him to see her that way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two bandits, their haggard features grim with battle-blood, edged toward the tall warrior.’
    • ‘I saw him again yesterday and he still looks haggard and tired.’
    • ‘She is haggard, pale, and her hair is matted with blood.’
    • ‘His father ran a hand over his face, slightly haggard in his worry for his son.’
    • ‘Chloe read my thoughts and judged my appearance, which was haggard and exhausted.’
    • ‘The sorcerer looks haggard, exhausted, but otherwise uninjured.’
    • ‘‘Yes, nurse,’ Dann replied meekly, grinning at her despite his pale, haggard look.’
    • ‘Chris was the only one who didn't seem to look haggard and exhausted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His muscular body was bent and haggard, he was exhausted but still fighting with everything he had.’
    careworn, tired, drained, drawn, raddled
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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.’

noun

  • A haggard hawk.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

haggard

/ˈhaɡəd/