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

Without articulating explicit racial animus, Reagan conveyed a story that spoke to people’s racist ideas about public benefits and lazy black people. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Welfare Queen," 2 July 2019 But before liftoff, Apollo spacecraft took a ride slower than a lazy stroll. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Before Apollo moon rockets went 24,000 mph, they traveled less than 1 mph on crawler to launch pad," 29 June 2019 The Wave Waterpark has water slides, a lazy river, lap pools and tot play area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista: America’s climatic wonderland is much more than temperate," 28 June 2019 As a principle, this devalues connoisseurship and abets lazy collecting. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 Attractions include water slides, water roller coasters, hot springs, a lazy river, a wave pool, a water tree fort, geysers and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Need to take the kids on a getaway but it won't stop raining? Great Wolf Lodge day passes are now a thing," 20 June 2019 Bacon crashed the clam chowder party, a single $18 crabcake had too much filler for that price, and a (barely) beet salad just sat there under a lazy pile of arugula. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Silo Terrace Oyster Bar now San Antonio’s best seafood restaurant," 20 June 2019 Adverts containing stereotypes such as women being bad at driving, or a husband being lazy while his wife cleans, will likely fall foul of the new rules recommended by the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Billy Perrigo, Time, "The U.K. Just Banned 'Harmful Gender Stereotypes' in Advertising," 14 June 2019 In recent years, the board fought about the content of Mexican American heritage textbooks that described Mexicans as lazy. Andrea Zelinski, ExpressNews.com, "Rewrite of Texas sex education standards could include lessons on contraception, gender identity," 14 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lazy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Dictionary Entries near lazy

lazuline

lazulite

lazurite

lazy

lazyback

lazybed

lazybird

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The first known use of lazy was in 1549

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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.

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