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

And what could be lazier — or, in fashion-girl speak, effortless — than stepping out in your nightie? Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Wear Your Nightie Out," 11 July 2018 The project includes a 1,600-room hotel, 275,000 square feet of event space, a parking garage and resort-style amenities such as a lazy river and wave pool. Gustavo Solis,, "Another developer interested in Chula Vista's bayfront," 11 July 2018 Samples of Outkast's Big Boi and Mos Def give voice to a relaxing musical experience perfect for soundtracking those lazy days spent lounging around the house with friends. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Songs About Unity & Coming Together," 2 July 2018 Maybe those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are a little bit too much of the first two and not enough of the latter. Katherine Fominykh,, "Ring of Honor wrestling tour returns home to Baltimore," 27 June 2018 Enter the town of St. Michaels in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay, where lazy days filled with sailing, seafood, and antique shopping are just a train ride away. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 There would be lazy rivers, an unending tangle of waterslides, aquariums filled with exotic fish and crocodiles, and a giant amphitheater from which to watch daily shows. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Summers Past: Inside an Eerie Abandoned Water Park in Vietnam," 6 June 2018 Almost half of Republicans complained that Democrats were lazier than other Americans, more dishonest, closed-minded, and immoral. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Four Rules for Learning How to Talk To Each Other Again," 25 May 2018 One lifts a large grate from the floor of the lazy river. Mari A. Schaefer,, "WATCH: Pa. Corrections officer saves boy trapped underwater in pool drain," 30 Apr. 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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