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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
By my teenage years, my lackadaisical approach to oral hygiene had led to two root canals on each of my bottom back molars.
While his supporters lamented the loss of a leader who had made a name with his stirring speeches and stern antinuclear stance, opponents accused the party of lackadaisical vetting.
The performance resembled the Magic’s body of work from last season: full of poor shooting, sometimes lackadaisical ball movement and suspect defense.
The sessions became a tune, and then an album, of scraggly, lackadaisical, and compulsively listenable rock.
But lawmakers and election officials’ lackadaisical response is both staggering and distressing.
Just the Beginning Inside, thank goodness, McLaren has cured its former technological weaknesses (weird fonts and colors on the lackadaisical, not-intuitive touchscreen, namely).
At least that was head coach Jason Kidd's assessment following a lackadaisical 104-86 blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Costa, a Brazilian winger who is set to return to Bayern Munich next summer when his loan spell in Turin expires, was the first to come under fire from his 50-year-old manager because of his lackadaisical performances for the Bianconeri.
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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
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