la·​zy | \ˈlā-zē \
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


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


lazily \ˈlā-​zə-​lē \ adverb
laziness \ˈlā-​zē-​nəs \ noun
lazyish \ˈlā-​zē-​ish \ adjective

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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


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


a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Untucking, the laziest of styling choices, may have done more to irretrievably casualize the workplace than anything else. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Please, Men of the World, Tuck in Your Shirts," 29 Aug. 2018 But lazy ants turn around and leave right away, limiting the chances of a traffic jam. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Lazy Ants Are Great at Avoiding Traffic Jams," 19 Aug. 2018 On the lazy, winding ride there — all of the cabs in Mykonos seem to cost 35 euros and arrive no sooner than 30 minutes after they’re called — the driver described the club as a genuine island success. New York Times, "You Can’t Hurt Lindsay Lohan Now," 26 June 2018 Guests also can take a ride on the Cedar Creek lazy river or float in the waves of the 500,000-gallon Breakwater Bay wave pool. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point Shores Waterpark opening: How veterans can get in free," 23 May 2018 The resort’s 38 acres also features a network of pools and hot tubs, including a lazy river and waterfall. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Houzz Labor Day is coming, bringing the first whispers of fall with it, but not without giving us all one last lazy summer weekend. Emily Heller, Curbed, "The best Labor Day 2018 home goods sales," 23 Aug. 2018 People are lazy and don’t want to have to navigate back to the app just to skip an ad. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Spotify might let free users skip all ads," 10 Aug. 2018 There’s this notion that Sundays are meant to be lazy, and many people turn off their alarms and sleep in. Vania Manipod, SELF, "I’m a Psychiatrist, and Even I Get the Sunday Scaries—This Is How I Deal," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lazy


1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lazy


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


see lazy entry 1

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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


la·​zy | \ˈlā-zē \
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.
laziness \-​zē-​nəs \ noun

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