Part of speech:
Both an adjective ("a laggardly pace") and an adverb ("walking laggardly.")
To lag is to move too slowly or fall behind, and a laggard is a person who does that.
So, something laggardly is slow and sluggish, like a person who can't keep up.
lag, lagged, lagging, laggard, laggards, laggardness
How to use it:
For the adjective, talk about a laggardly habit or tendency; a laggardly pace, method, fashion, or attitude; a laggardly response; laggardly thoughts; and so on.
Instead of placing the adjective before a noun, you can put it after a linking verb and say that something is laggardly, something becomes laggardly, something seems laggardly and so on, like when your comprehension turns laggardly as your pain medicine takes effect.
You can also be more concrete and talk about a laggardly Internet connection, a laggardly child twenty paces behind her parents on the sidewalk, and so on.
For the adverb, talk about doing something laggardly or something happening laggardly: "the lizard climbed laggardly up the wall," "the laggardly executed project," etc.
I think of an artist's laggardly output as a good thing; it means he's been through years of experience and reflection that manifest themselves in a better creation than if he'd published continuously.
I'd love to get work done late at night, but my mind turns laggardly after 11:00.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "laggardly” means when you can explain it without saying “lingering" or “lazy."
Think of something that bothers you because it could (and should) move faster, and fill in the blanks: "It's hard to be patient (with/ during/ when/ while/ at/ on/ in) a laggardly _____."
Example: "It's hard to be patient during a laggardly call to technical support; the technician is reading through a long, unnecessary script and won't budge from it."
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1. The opposite of LAGGARDLY is
2. As small business owners are well aware, laggardly responses to inquiries _____
A. take the most effort but are well worth it.
B. will absolutely make you lose potential clients who want immediate gratification.
C. remove the stress and frustration caused by continually answering the same questions, thanks to automation.
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