Lag + -ard.
Slow; sluggish; backward.
One who lags; a loiterer.
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From lag + -ard.
See also :idler
laggard (plural laggards) One who lags behind and takes more time than is necessary.
Adjective laggard (comparative more laggard, superlative most laggard) Hanging back; loitering. 1752, Francis Gentleman and Ben Jonson, Sejanus, A Tragedy, act 5, scene 1, page 54–55: But come let's wing our Steps with utmost Speed, The swiftest Haste is laggard to the Deed. 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 66: Between blinks Tommy saw Temple in the path, her body slender and motionless for a moment as though waiting for some laggard part to catch up.
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