lazed; lazing

intransitive verb

: to act or lie lazily : idle

transitive verb

: to pass (time) in idleness or relaxation
laze noun
Choose the Right Synonym for laze

idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing.

idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose.

idled the day away

loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do.

she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day

lounge, though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation.

he lounged against the wall

loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude.

lolling on the couch

laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure.

lazed about between appointments

Examples of laze in a Sentence

She's been lazing in the sun all afternoon. While he was sick, he just lazed around the house.
Recent Examples on the Web Visitors can laze in the soft white sand and have plenty of photo opps on Eagle Beach. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The short December days (our 9:30 a.m. breakfasts corresponded with dawn breaking; night fell by 4 p.m.) encouraged much lolling and lazing in our 900-square-foot Maria Signature Suite, either in the deep, freestanding bathtub or under the cloud-like duvet. Maggie Shipstead, Travel + Leisure, 10 Jan. 2024 As semi-aquatic creatures with webbed feet, capybaras enjoy a life in and around water, lazing by swimming holes or banks. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 These shorts have a killer fit that flatters and holds up for casual occasions, from lazing by the lake to swimming in the water to post-sundown parties. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2023 These four teenagers laze around the neighborhood, pulling small-time heists and oddball capers, but also mourning the loss of their friend Daniel, who took his own life prior to the start of the show. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2023 Cushioned seats and a throw layer in extra coziness. 25 Warm Textures This open-air lounge brings the warmth of the indoors out, thanks to two rugs that provide a soft landing place for lazing pups and bare feet. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 On the land tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana, animals are everywhere: Lions lazing in the tall grass on the roadside, giraffes gracefully crossing the savannah, warthogs bumbling past Cape buffalo who seem oblivious to the Oxpeckers on their own backs. Heather Greenwood Davis, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Aug. 2023 The next few days were a blissful blur of reading, eating, lazing, and swimming. Sunil Badami, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from lazy

First Known Use

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of laze was circa 1592

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“Laze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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