laggard

laggard
laggard lag‧gard [ˈlægəd ǁ -ərd] noun [countable] COMMERCE
a company, country etc that is not developing as quickly or doing as well as others:

• The companies were split into three groups: top performers, average firms and laggards.

— laggard adjective

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laggard UK US /ˈlæɡəd/ noun [C]
a company, organization, etc. that does something later, or improves less quickly, than others: »

Mexico, long a laggard in financial reform, is at last putting its banks in order.

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Steel companies are still considered laggards compared to high-tech manufacturers.

MARKETING someone who buys a product at a much later date than most people: »

I confess to being a laggard over this form of tax-free investing.

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The last remaining laggards have now bought mobile phones.

Compare EARLY ADOPTER(Cf. ↑early adopter)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Laggard — Lag gard, a. [Lag + ard.] Slow; sluggish; backward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Laggard — Lag gard, n. One who lags; a loiterer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laggard — index disinclined, indolent, lifeless (dull), otiose, truant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • laggard — 1702 (adj.), from LAG (Cf. lag) (v.) + ARD (Cf. ard). From 1757 as a noun …   Etymology dictionary

  • laggard — adj dilatory, *slow, leisurely, deliberate Analogous words: dawdling, loitering, delaying, procrastinating (see DELAY): *lethargic, sluggish, comatose: phlegmatic, apathetic, *impassive Antonyms: prompt, quick Contrasted words: alert, wide awake …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • laggard — [n] straggler dawdler, idler, lingerer, loafer, lounger, slowpoke, slow starter; concept 151 …   New thesaurus

  • laggard — ► NOUN ▪ a person who falls behind others. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slower than desired or expected. DERIVATIVES laggardly adjective & adverb. ORIGIN from LAG(Cf. ↑lag) …   English terms dictionary

  • laggard — [lag′ərd] n. [< LAG1 + ARD] a slow person, esp. one who is always falling behind; loiterer adj. slow or late in doing things; falling behind laggardly adv., adj …   English World dictionary

  • Laggard — A stock or security that is underperforming. A laggard will have lower than average returns compared to the market. A laggard is the opposite of a leader. In most cases, a laggard refers to a stock. The term can also, however, describe a… …   Investment dictionary

  • laggard — UK [ˈlæɡə(r)d] / US [ˈlæɡərd] noun [countable] Word forms laggard : singular laggard plural laggards old fashioned a person or organization that is slow to do something or slow to make progress Derived word: laggard UK / US adjective …   English dictionary

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