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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 20th December 2018
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haggard (adjective) HAG-erd

Tired-looking, showing signs of anxiety or hunger, hollow-eyed, wild, unruly, intractable.

Richard, more worn and haggard, haunted the court day after day, listlessly sat there the whole day long when he knew there was no remote chance of the suit being mentioned, and became one of the stock sights of the place.

Charles Dickens, Bleak House. Amazon

Just a few weeks before, he had visited an opium den in Bluegate Fields, by the dark Thames, where an American companion noted that "we found the haggard old woman blowing at a kind of pipe made of an old penny ink-bottle".

Peter Ackroyd, The Guardian, 4 December 2004, Guardian

Lady deep inhaler, haggard, jumpy, no appetite, yearns to be totally hooked on a tobacco baron who’s into monogrammed silver cigarette cases and gold Dunhill butane lighters.

Bruce McCall, The New Yorker, 26 May 2003. The New Yorker

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