ˈlād-ˈbak How to pronounce laid-back (audio)
: having a relaxed style or character
laid-back music
laid-backness noun

Examples of laid-back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Located on the southwest edge of the Florida peninsula, Naples is a charming coastal town known for a unique combination of luxe living and laid-back vibes. Kara Franker, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 Healy compared their month in Sausalito to a family gathering: laid-back, supportive and joyful. Erin Osmon, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Upholstered sofas and chairs encourage a relaxed and laid-back place to hang out and listen to your favorite grunge bands (on a turntable, of course). Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2023 Pamela’s dream man is spontaneous, gentle, witty and laid-back. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2023 Fans of her wardrobe may recognize the supermodel’s penchant for combining enviable fresh-off-the-runway items with more relaxed and laid-back pieces. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Aug. 2023 But right behind them, Warren Rojas (Sebastian Chacon) steals the show with his nimble drumstick acrobatics, positive energy and laid-back yet electrifying rock ‘n’ roll style. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Aug. 2023 Sunday-ready hoodies and sweaters Perfect toppers for chilly nights on the beach (or in movie theaters; there’s a lot to see this summer), these pieces look laid-back but are positively luxe to the touch. Brie Schwartz, Glamour, 28 July 2023 The front, which opens onto the street is a two-story, rambling structure with a serene and laid-back charm that is all about mature trees and a wrap-around front porch. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 27 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laid-back was in 1969

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“Laid-back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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: relaxed in style or manner

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