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.
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Word History


back-formation from lazy

First Known Use

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of laze was circa 1592

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“Laze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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