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sloth

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noun \ˈslȯth, ˈsläth also ˈslōth\

Simple Definition of sloth

  • : the quality or state of being lazy

  • : a type of animal that lives in trees in South and Central America and that moves very slowly

Full Definition of sloth

plural sloths play \with ths or thz\

  1. 1a :  disinclination to action or labor :  indolenceb :  spiritual apathy and inactivity <the deadly sin of sloth>

  2. 2 :  any of various slow-moving arboreal edentate mammals (genera Bradypus and Choloepus) that inhabit tropical forests of South and Central America, hang from the branches back downward, and feed on leaves, shoots, and fruits — compare three-toed sloth, two-toed sloth

Examples of sloth

  1. the sins of gluttony and sloth

  2. <a youth inclined more toward sloth than athletics>



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Origin of sloth

Middle English slouthe, from slow slow


First Known Use: 12th century

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Rhymes with sloth


SLOTH Defined for Kids

sloth

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noun \ˈslȯth, ˈslōth\

Definition of sloth

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being lazy

  2. 2 :  an animal of Central and South America that hangs with its back downward and moves slowly along the branches of trees on whose leaves, twigs, and fruits it feeds





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