lackadaisical

adjective
lack·​a·​dai·​si·​cal | \ˌla-kə-ˈdā-zi-kəl \

Definition of lackadaisical 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lackadaisical

lackadaisically \ˌla-​kə-​ˈdā-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for lackadaisical

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

My stepfather steered the car in his usual manner—lackadaisical and ferocious. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 That lackadaisical attitude in class also governed his appearance, former parishioner Francisco T. San Nicolas said. USA TODAY, "Priest accused in 124 Guam sex abuse cases ages quietly, alone," 5 May 2018 This lackadaisical attitude is beyond exasperating. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, kansascity, "Why is Gov. Eric Greitens leaving the Missouri Ethics Commission to languish?," 14 Mar. 2018 England continued to look the better side but were dealt a major blow ten minutes from half time, when Kyle Walker's lackadaisical defending gifted Tunisia a penalty, which was subsequently dispatched by Ferjani Sassi. SI.com, "England Star Harry Kane Posts Heartfelt Message on Twitter Following World Cup Heroics," 19 June 2018 Altuve pulled up at second base, noticed Lucroy's lackadaisical nature, and sprinted for third base — unwise aggression for a team which prides itself upon such pressure-producing plays. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to A's," 10 July 2018 The fans in the stadium took exception to the lackadaisical style of play, jeering both sides. Andrew Das, New York Times, "France and Denmark Advance After World Cup’s First 0-0 Draw," 27 June 2018 Kyle Walker's lackadaisical defending then gifted the Tunisians a penalty in the 38th minute, which Ferjani Sassi duly dispatched. SI.com, "Chelsea Youngster Set For World Cup Start as England Look to Secure Place in Last 16 With Panama Win," 20 June 2018 And the Rockets were that bad — disappointing, lackadaisical, out of sync — and are two defeats away from their season suddenly being over. Brian T. Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, "View from Houston: Game 3 exposes gulf between Rockets, Warriors," 20 May 2018

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.

See More

First Known Use of lackadaisical

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lackadaisical

irregular from lackaday + -ical

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lackadaisical

Share lackadaisical

Listen to Our Podcast about lackadaisical

Dictionary Entries near lackadaisical

lacinula

lacis

lack

lackadaisical

lackadaisy

lackaday

lacker

Statistics for lackadaisical

Last Updated

27 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lackadaisical

The first known use of lackadaisical was in 1768

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lackadaisical

lackadaisical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lackadaisical

: feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lackadaisical

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for lackadaisical

Spanish Central: Translation of lackadaisical

Nglish: Translation of lackadaisical for Spanish Speakers

Comments on lackadaisical

What made you want to look up lackadaisical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!