Simple Definition of indolent
: not liking to work or be active
Full Definition of indolent
Examples of indolent in a sentence
Perhaps Henry James's idea of the taste for art in England as a “tribute to propriety” holds perversely true, with the indolent taste for scandal and celebrity having taken hold as a bizarre new form of etiquette. —Sebastian Smee, Prospect, July 2003
At home, however, there's something indolent about listening to a record that offers no hope for the unexpected. —John Milward, Rolling Stone, 11–25 July 1991
Air-conditioning is for the weak and indolent. This isn't the Ritz, you know. Be thankful for a little breeze. It was luxuries like A/C that brought down the Roman Empire. —Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days, (1985) 1986
She is indolent and irresponsible.
<an indolent boy who had to be forced to help out with the chores>
Origin and Etymology of indolent
Late Latin indolent-, indolens insensitive to pain, from Latin in- + dolent-, dolens, present participle of dolēre to feel pain
First Known Use: 1663
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