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1Looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering:‘she was pale and haggard’‘Alex's haggard face’
careworn, tired, drained, drawn, raddledunwell, unhealthy, sickly, spent, sapped, washed out, rundown, exhaustedgaunt, grim, pinched, peaked, peaky, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyedpale, wan, grey, ashen, pallid, pasty-faced, sallowthin, emaciated, wasted, cadaverous, ghastly, ghostlike, deathlikeView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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.
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