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lazy

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adjective la·zy \ˈlā-zē\

Definition of lazy

lazier

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laziest

  1. 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. 2 :  moving slowly :  sluggish a lazy river

  3. 3 :  droopy, lax a rabbit with lazy ears

  4. 4 :  placed on its side lazy E livestock brand

  5. 5 :  not rigorous or strict lazy scholarship

lazily

play \ˈlā-zə-lē\ adverb

laziness

play \ˈlā-zē-nəs\ noun

lazyish

play \ˈlā-zē-ish\ adjective

Examples of lazy in a sentence

  1. a lazy child who avoided household chores

  2. I should have done more work this weekend, but I was feeling lazy.

  3. a hawk flying in lazy circles

Origin and Etymology of lazy

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


First Known Use: 1549

Synonym Discussion of lazy

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.

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lazy

verb la·zy

Definition of lazy

lazied

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lazying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move or lie lazily :  laze

Examples of lazy in a sentence

  1. <a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch>

Origin and Etymology of lazy

see 1lazy


First Known Use: 1612


LAZY Defined for English Language Learners

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lazy

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adjective la·zy \ˈlā-zē\

Definition of lazy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

lazy

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adjective la·zy \ˈlā-zē\

Definition of lazy for Students

lazier

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laziest

  1. 1 :  not liking or willing to act or work

  2. 2 :  not having much activity a lazy summer day

  3. 3 :  moving slowly :  sluggish a lazy stream

lazily

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

laziness

\-zē-nəs\ noun


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