Someone who is haggard looks exhausted and worn out, exactly how you'd expect someone who's been lost at sea for days to look.

  • Pronunciation: /'hæɡɚd/
  • English description:  showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • Synonyms: careworn
  • Chinese Translation:  憔悴的(qiao2 cui4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: ojeroso
  • ORIGIN: A haggard appearance is usually the result of a long, harrowing ordeal, like getting lost in the woods or being stranded in the woods for days. An emotional ordeal, like losing a loved one, can also give someone a haggard appearance if they forget to eat, sleep, and take care of themselves. Whatever the ordeal, it will make the person look absolutely awful — pale, gaunt, disheveled, exhausted with dark circles under their eyes and wild, unruly hair.


  • The haggard youngsters hadn’t had a hearty meal in days, he said.
  • He became a tall, wiry man with a haggard face and glowing red eyes.

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