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

The stereotype that teens are lazy could be one of them. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Why Schools Should Start Later and Teens Should Sleep More," 4 Jan. 2019 That’s why Geoffrey Pascal, a recent graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, came up with a very clever solution for the laziest among us. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "At last, a furniture collection designed to mimic working from bed," 5 Dec. 2018 For many, the words evoke an image of lazy, not-so-bright people who puff their lives away. Gary Robbins, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana industry gets blunt: Stop using the word ‘pot’," 17 Jan. 2018 Would their fleeting months or years at 86 Pierrepont—romances, breakups, dinner parties, lazy Sundays—have been somehow enriched by the presence of a plaque? Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past," 15 Apr. 2015 Spend days enjoying the surf and the country's lush beaches, and follow up lazy days with trips to Udawalawe National Park, hikes to World's End, and trips to the country's endless array of historic ruins and temples. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Eventually, the road peters out into the pier and the sea, where boys wade up to their waists, casting lines into the lazy surf. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Connie's soul-deep characters have served as some of the chief entertainment for millions of families' lazy weekends and snowy afternoons. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 Two Weeks Ago: Shogun World Turns out Lee Sizemore was deeply lazy when setting up the narratives in Delos' various worlds, because Shogun World is essentially Westworld—only in Japan. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maeve Just Developed a Crazy New Power on Westworld," 21 May 2018

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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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lazulite

lazurite

lazy

lazyback

lazybed

lazybird

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lazy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lazy

disapproving : 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.
laziness \ -​zē-​nəs \ noun

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