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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
What compounded the problem was a lackadaisical effort on the defensive end.
City and county officials blamed each other for a lackadaisical response to the emergency, but by last fall portable toilets and sinks were set up throughout downtown San Diego and a host of other sites in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
President Trump’s lackadaisical approach toward political appointments has left the Social Security Administration headless.
The authors of the analysis hoped to quantify the effects of the ban—and the lackadaisical approach to enforcing it—on China’s health and environment.
Martin allowed eight runs, three earned, on nine hits and three walks, but more concerning than the results was a lackadaisical display of effort in the last half inning.
This much, though, is certain: The team that played with the most urgency and energy won, and the team that was largely lackadaisical lost.
His tenure, however, has been disappointing, marked by a lackadaisical approach to structural reform punctuated by world-beating policy errors, including the arbitrary decision to withdraw 86 percent of India’s currency overnight.
Actual target dates were notably absent from Mr Trump’s announcement, and China’s ambitions for men and women on the moon have a similarly lackadaisical feel to them.
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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
Definition of lackadaisical for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm
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