lazy

adjective
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

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 \ adverb
laziness \ ˈlā-​zē-​nəs \ noun
lazyish \ ˈlā-​zē-​ish \ 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

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 Biggest misconceptions While there are many factors that lead to a person being evicted, one of the biggest misconceptions is that people are lazy or living beyond their means, Desmond said. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Evicted' author says Milwaukee's housing crisis remains unchanged," 9 May 2018 Why this matters: Eliminating the need to use passwords eliminates the temptation to get lazy and reuse weak passwords—a huge boon in these breach-tastic days. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Now you can sign into your Microsoft Account with your face or a security key—no password needed," 20 Nov. 2018 The limestone platform beach is ideal for lovely, lazy days in the sun. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Soludos Founder Nick Brown on Why He Keeps Returning to Croatia," 22 Aug. 2018 The lazy days of summer are about to be replaced with some manic mornings in metro Atlanta. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "6 tips to help get your kid in back-to-school mode," 12 July 2018 Power is certainly adequate, but the delivery feels a bit lazy and uninspired compared to the instantaneous torque everywhere that’s available from the AMG variant. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-class / CLS53 AMG," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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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

: 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 \
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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