Hey pokey! Yeah you, Mr. Slow Pants. Quit your dawdling! This is no time to be a laggard, or someone who's always lagging behind.

  • Pronunciation: / 'lægəd/
  • English description: wasting time
  • Synonyms: dilatory
  • Chinese Translation:  迟钝的(chi2 dun4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: rezagado
  • ORIGIN: So who was the bigger laggard — the tortoise or the hare? Well that turtle sure was slow moving, but at least he continued at a steady pace. The hare was speedy, but took more time than necessary, goofing around and falling behind. It's a tough call, and one that the literary community has totally been dragging their feet on. What a bunch of laggards!


  • Tough choices, closures and more restructuring are the order of the day in mining for leaders and laggards alike.
  • As it turns out, it has been a laggard, thereby adding insult to incalculable injury.

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