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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
Outside of tourist traps like Tower Bridge, even major landmarks rarely get more than a few lackadaisical floodlights, let alone color.
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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
irregular from lackaday + -ical
First Known Use: 1768
Synonym Discussion of lackadaisical
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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