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Examples of lackadaisical in a Sentence
His teachers did not approve of his lackadaisical approach to homework.
feeling particularly lackadaisical in the summer heat, they lazily tossed a ball back and forth
Recent Examples of lackadaisical from the Web
However, a dismal performance in Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Roma drew comparisons with his lackadaisical performances of the past, and was thought to have enraged Conte.
Such seemingly lackadaisical reactions are surprisingly common in the midst of disasters.
In terms of the eye test, his defense, like some of the others on this list, was not susceptible to a memorable amount of backbreaking coverage gaffes or lackadaisical play.
Players appeared lackadaisical, going through the motions during the brief portion of practice reporters are allowed to view.
No one ever rapped more effortlessly, adroitly toggling between sneering menace and lackadaisical chill.
The administration has also taken a very lackadaisical approach to publicly promoting the open enrollment period, even slashing outreach funding by 90%.
But if weight loss is the name of your game, the lackadaisical head-out-for-a-light-jog style of running isn't the way to go.
My lackadaisical attitude has nothing to do with race or heritage and is quite widespread.
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Where Does lackadaisical Come From?
Alas, alack, there are times when life seems to be one unfortunate occurrence after another. We’ve all had days when nothing seemed to go right. When folks had one of those days back in the 17th century, they'd cry "Lackaday" to express their sorrow and disappointment. "Lackaday" was a shortened form of the expression "alack the day." In the mid-1700s, "lackadaisical" was coined through addition of the suffix -ical. The word lackadaisy also was used around that time as an interjection similar to "lackaday," and this word, though never as prevalent as "lackaday," might have influenced the coinage of "lackadaisical."
Origin and Etymology of lackadaisical
First Known Use: 1768See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of lackadaisical
- was depressed and languid for weeks after surgery
- languorous cats lying in the sun
- lackadaisical college seniors pretending to study
- listless hospital patients
- listless children flipping through picture books on a rainy day
- a spiritless recital of the poem
LACKADAISICAL Defined for English Language Learners
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