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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
But this year, architecture seemed to play a role in the lackadaisical start.
With the season opener against Alabama, Fisher’s first matchup as a head coach against friend and former boss Nick Saban, FSU cannot afford to waste practice sessions with lackadaisical play.
Her chemistry with Boone is intermittent at best, and his lackadaisical appeal owes more to O’Dowd’s reliable congeniality than to Boone’s depth as a character.
Back on the court, the Hawks were lackadaisical and the Soviets finally got them, winning 132–123 in a game that was broadcast across the United States on TBS.
The one thing that lets down many bars and restaurants in Brussels is the lackadaisical service.
Until somebody does though, the Audi's performance and efficiency are likely to offset its clumsy phone controls and lackadaisical stop-start feature in the eyes of many buyers.
The lackadaisical approach, which began under the former county commissioner form of government and now under investigation by the county inspector general, has contributed to at least 80 loans delinquent or written off.
God, however, is a little too blissed out on the job, leaving all the work to Craig, who’ll have to perform a massive miracle in order to save the world from its lackadaisical caretaker.
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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
Synonymsenervated, listless, languid, languishing, languorous, limp, spiritless
Antonymsambitious, animated, energetic, enterprising, motivated
Related Wordsindolent, lazy, slothful; dull, lethargic, logy (also loggy), sleepy, sluggish, torpid; exhausted, knackered [British], tired, weary; feeble, frail, weak; apathetic, impassive, indifferent, phlegmatic, stolid; careless, heedless, thoughtless, unwary; inactive, inert
Near Antonymsactive, dynamic, industrious, kinetic; avid, eager, enthusiastic, keen, lively, pumped, vivacious; cheerful, chipper, perky, up; agog, alert, awake, dapper, open-eyed, sleepless, vigilant, watchful, wide-awake
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
Definition of lackadaisical for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm
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