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 lackadaisical (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
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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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19 Aug 2021

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“Lackadaisical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lackadaisical

: feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm

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