lazy

adjective
la·​zy | \ ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \
lazier; laziest

Definition of lazy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : disinclined to activity or exertion : not energetic or vigorous The lazy child tried to avoid household chores.
b : encouraging inactivity or indolence a lazy summer day
2 : moving slowly : sluggish a lazy river
3 : droopy, lax a rabbit with lazy ears
4 : placed on its side lazy E livestock brand
5 : not rigorous or strict lazy scholarship

lazy

verb
lazied; lazying

Definition of lazy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or lie lazily : laze

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Other Words from lazy

Adjective

lazily \ ˈlā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \ adverb
laziness \ ˈlā-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce lazy (audio) \ noun
lazyish \ ˈlā-​zē-​ish How to pronounce lazy (audio) \ adjective

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Adjective

lazy, indolent, slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble. take-out foods for lazy cooks indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity. the heat made us indolent slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for. fired for being slothful about filling orders

Examples of lazy in a Sentence

Adjective a lazy child who avoided household chores I should have done more work this weekend, but I was feeling lazy. a hawk flying in lazy circles Verb a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But in 2021, such a knee-jerk response is intellectually lazy at best and dishonest at worst. Walter Myers Iii, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 Most folks are just too lazy to write out a ZIP code number let alone try to remember them. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 Things really hit the wall over a snow removal issue, when the neighbor screamed at her husband in front of other neighbors, calling him lazy. Laurie Yarnell, Good Housekeeping, 10 Sep. 2021 At Riders Field, where the minor league baseball team Frisco RoughRiders play, fans can watch games from a 68,000-gallon lazy river, which is the largest water feature in a professional sporting venue, according to the league. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 3 Aug. 2021 The house was a trash heap, a burn pile, garbage slung into a ditch by rednecks too lazy to drive to the dumpster. Tony Earley, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 But in the real world those in charge of judging talent and performance are often too lazy or distracted to detect true indicators of either, so impression management is rampant. Tomas Chamorro-premuzic, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Even if this just means getting coffee with a friend or doing the laundry, don't lose the day to feeling washed out or lazy. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Amenities include a spa, a spacious indoor pool complex, and an outdoor pool with a waterslide and lazy river. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of lazy

Adjective

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lazy

Adjective and Verb

perhaps from Middle Low German lasich feeble; akin to Middle High German erleswen to become weak

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21 Sep 2021

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“Lazy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lazy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for lazy

lazy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lazy

: not liking to work hard or to be active
: not having much activity : causing people to feel that they do not want to be active
: moving slowly

lazy

adjective
la·​zy | \ ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \
lazier; laziest

Kids Definition of lazy

1 : not liking or willing to act or work
2 : not having much activity a lazy summer day
3 : moving slowly : sluggish a lazy stream

Other Words from lazy

lazily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb We walked lazily down the path.

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