haggard (adj.)

1560s, "wild, unruly" (originally in reference to hawks), from French haggard, probably from Old French faulcon hagard "wild falcon," literally "falcon of the woods," from hagard, hagart, from Middle High German hag "hedge, copse, wood," from Proto-Germanic *hagon, from PIE root *kagh- "to catch, seize;" also "wickerwork, fence" (see hedge (n.)). OED, however, finds this derivation "very doubtful." Sense perhaps reinforced by Low German hager "gaunt, haggard." Sense of "with a haunted and wild expression" first recorded 1690s; that of "careworn" first recorded 1853. Sense influenced by association with hag. Related: Haggardly; haggardness.

updated on December 08, 2020

Definitions of haggard from WordNet
haggard (adj.)
showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering; "shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"- Charles Dickens;
her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness
Synonyms: careworn / drawn / raddled / worn
haggard (adj.)
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold;
eyes were haggard and cavernous
Synonyms: cadaverous / emaciated / gaunt / pinched / skeletal / wasted
Haggard (n.)
British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925);
Synonyms: Rider Haggard / Sir Henry Rider Haggard
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