lack·​a·​dai·​si·​cal | \ ˌla-kə-ˈdā-zi-kəl How to pronounce lackadaisical (audio) \

Definition of lackadaisical

: lacking life, spirit, or zest : languid teachers who are impatient with lackadaisical students

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lackadaisically \ ˌla-​kə-​ˈdā-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lackadaisically (audio) \ adverb

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languid, languorous, lackadaisical, listless, spiritless mean lacking energy or enthusiasm. languid refers to an unwillingness or inability to exert oneself due to fatigue or physical weakness. was depressed and languid for weeks after surgery languorous suggests a dreamy boredom and delicacy that avoids unnecessary activity. languorous cats lying in the sun lackadaisical implies a carefree indifference marked by half-hearted efforts. lackadaisical college seniors pretending to study listless suggests a lack of interest caused by physical weakness or dissatisfied boredom. listless hospital patients listless children flipping through picture books on a rainy day spiritless refers to a lack of animation or vigor that gives one's actions and words life. a spiritless recital of the poem

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.

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 on the Web The Heat looked lethargic and lackadaisical, a step too slow offensively and defensively and careless with the basketball. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Stars shine as Celtics regroup to beat Heat in Game 3 of Eastern Conference finals," 20 Sep. 2020 The Mustangs were a little lackadaisical with the ball in the season opener two weeks ago — a couple of interceptions, a fumble and a turnover on downs. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU prediction: Mustangs have chance to start 2-0 on road at North Texas," 18 Sep. 2020 While some of their neighbors were lackadaisical about their preparation, the Swains knew better: Californians, Oregonians, and pretty much anyone living anywhere these days needs to prepare for natural disaster. oregonlive, "Wildfires remind Oregonians to revisit, rethink emergency kits at home: Here’s what you need," 16 Sep. 2020 Here, Georges Niang has to know that Jerami Grant is a shooting threat, but instead, the closeout is pretty lackadaisical. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz lose double-digit lead with sloppy, careless, and even some lazy play to keep Nuggets in series," 26 Aug. 2020 Not so William Faulkner, the high school dropout, jilted lover, and lackadaisical postmaster of the University of Mississippi’s mail drop from 1921 to 1924. David Beard, National Geographic, "They were famous—and delivered your mail," 20 Aug. 2020 Miami, which was playing without key players Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic, came out hot against lackadaisical defense from Milwaukee. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 130, Heat 116: Roaring to life in the second half," 7 Aug. 2020 Cobb was strong again, pitching into the sixth inning and having a good day spoiled by a lackadaisical error by Chris Davis on a hard ground ball to first base to open the third inning that went for a two-base error in a two-run third inning. Jon Meoli,, "Phillies’ pop-up gaffe, Austin Hays’ inside-the-park homer in 10th help Orioles win third straight, 10-9," 11 Aug. 2020 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has also faced criticism for his initial lackadaisical stance on the coronavirus pandemic. Fox News, "Mexico records third-highest coronavirus death rate globally, behind Brazil and US; sixth in reported cases," 2 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lackadaisical.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of lackadaisical

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lackadaisical

irregular from lackaday + -ical

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23 Sep 2020

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“Lackadaisical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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: feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm

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