1

lazy

play
adjective la·zy \ ˈlā-zē \

Definition of lazy

lazier; laziest
1 a :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

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

Recent Examples of lazy from the Web

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.

Origin and Etymology of lazy

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

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

2

lazy

verb

Definition of lazy

lazied; lazying
intransitive verb
: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

lazy Synonyms


LAZY Defined for English Language Learners

lazy

play
adjective

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

play
adjective la·zy \ ˈlā-zē \

Definition of lazy for Students

lazier; laziest
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

lazily

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

laziness

\-zē-nəs\ noun


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lazy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!