What does haggard mean?

Definitions for haggard
ˈhæg ərdhag·gard

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word haggard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Haggard, Rider Haggard, Sir Henry Rider Haggardadjective

    British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925)

  2. careworn, drawn, haggard, raddled, wornadjective

    showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering

    "looking careworn as she bent over her mending"; "her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness"; "that raddled but still noble face"; "shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"- Charles Dickens

  3. bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wastedadjective

    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

    "emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration"


  1. haggardnoun

    A stackyard, an enclosure on a farm for stacking grain, hay, etc.

    "He tuk a slew [swerve] round the haggard"

  2. haggardnoun

    A hunting bird captured as an adult.

    A "haggard" is a bird captured as an adult and therefore of unknown age; often, the law prohibits capturing birds of mating age. Falconry Pro

  3. haggardadjective

    Looking exhausted and unwell, in poor condition

  4. haggardadjective

    Wild or untamed

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Haggardnoun

    I will be married to a wealthy widow,
    Ere three days pass, which has as long lov’d me
    As I have lov’d this proud disdainful haggard. William Shakespeare.

    Does the wild haggard tow’r into the sky,
    And to the South by thy direction fly? George Sandys.

    I enlarge my discourse to the observation of the aires, the brancher, the ramish hawk, and the haggard. Izaak Walton, Angler.

    Beneath the gloomy covert of an yew,
    In a dark grot, the baleful haggard lay,
    Breathing black vengeance, and infecting day. Samuel Garth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Haggardadjective

    wild or intractable; disposed to break away from duty; untamed; as, a haggard or refractory hawk

  2. Haggardadjective

    having the expression of one wasted by want or suffering; hollow-eyed; having the features distorted or wasted, or anxious in appearance; as, haggard features, eyes

  3. Haggardadjective

    a young or untrained hawk or falcon

  4. Haggardadjective

    a fierce, intractable creature

  5. Haggardadjective

    a hag

  6. Haggardnoun

    a stackyard

  7. Etymology: [See Haggard, a.]


  1. Haggard

    Haggard is a German neo-classical metal musical group founded in 1989. The group combines classical music and early music with doom metal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Haggard

    hag′ard, adj. lean: hollow-eyed: wild, applied to an untrained hawk—(arch.) Hagg′ed.—n. Hagg′ard, a hawk.—adv. Hagg′ardly. [O. Fr. hagard, prob. related to haie, hedge.]

  2. Haggard

    hag′ard, n. a stackyard. [Hay-yard.]

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    Song lyrics by haggard -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by haggard on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Haggard is ranked #4230 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Haggard surname appeared 8,384 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Haggard.

    88.4% or 7,416 total occurrences were White.
    5.5% or 468 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 178 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 171 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 93 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 58 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of haggard in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of haggard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of haggard in a Sentence

  1. Merle Haggard:

    I've never been a guy that can do what Merle Haggard told me, it's always been my nature to fight the system.

  2. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards:

    I can't remember when I haven't listened to Merle Haggard, some of the best songs and best delivery you can get.

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Translations for haggard

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  • ungebändigt, abgespannt, mitgenommen, ausgezehrt, wild, ungezähmt, abgezehrt, verhärmt, ausgemergelt, abgehärmt, gezeichnetGerman
  • trasojado, demacrado, macilento, consumidoSpanish
  • metsik, otsajäänudEstonian
  • هگاردPersian
  • hurja, kalvakka, riutunut, voipunutFinnish
  • hagardFrench
  • जंगलीHindi
  • macilento, emaciato, selvatico, consunto, selvaggioItalian
  • やつれたJapanese
  • 수척한Korean
  • abatidoPortuguese
  • epuizat, neîmblânzit, nedomesticit, istovit, obosit, sălbatic, secătuitRomanian
  • дикий, неприручённый, измождённыйRussian
  • дѝвљӣ, bȇdan, bijȇdan, бије̑дан, бе̑дан, оронуо, oronuo, dìvljīSerbo-Croatian
  • härjadSwedish
  • 枯槁Chinese

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    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    • A. integrity
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