noun \ˈslth, ˈsläth also ˈslōth\

: 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

plural sloths \with ths or thz\

Full Definition of SLOTH

a :  disinclination to action or labor :  indolence
b :  spiritual apathy and inactivity <the deadly sin of sloth>
:  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>

Illustration of SLOTH

Origin of SLOTH

Middle English slouthe, from slow slow
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with SLOTH


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