adjective \ˈlā-zē\

: not liking to work hard or to be active

: not having much activity : causing people to feel that they do not want to be active

: moving slowly


Full Definition of LAZY

a :  disinclined to activity or exertion :  not energetic or vigorous
b :  encouraging inactivity or indolence <a lazy summer day>
:  moving slowly :  sluggish
:  droopy, lax <a rabbit with lazy ears>
:  placed on its side <lazy E livestock brand>
:  not rigorous or strict <lazy scholarship>
la·zi·ly \-zə-lē\ adverb
la·zi·ness \-zē-nəs\ noun
la·zy·ish \-zē-ish\ adjective

Examples of LAZY

  1. a lazy child who avoided household chores
  2. I should have done more work this weekend, but I was feeling lazy.
  3. a hawk flying in lazy circles

Origin of LAZY

perhaps from Middle Low German lasich feeble; akin to Middle High German erleswen to become weak
First Known Use: 1549

Synonym Discussion of LAZY

lazy, indolent, slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble <take-out foods for lazy cooks>. indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity <the heat made us indolent>. slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for <fired for being slothful about filling orders>.

Rhymes with LAZY



Definition of LAZY

intransitive verb
:  to move or lie lazily :  laze

Examples of LAZY

  1. <a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch>

First Known Use of LAZY



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