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la·​zy ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio)
lazier; laziest
: disinclined to activity or exertion : not energetic or vigorous
The lazy child tried to avoid household chores.
: encouraging inactivity or indolence
a lazy summer day
: moving slowly : sluggish
a lazy river
: droopy, lax
a rabbit with lazy ears
: placed on its side
lazy E livestock brand
: not rigorous or strict
lazy scholarship
lazily adverb
laziness noun
lazyish adjective


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lazied; lazying

intransitive verb

: to move or lie lazily : laze
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History


Adjective and Verb

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

First Known Use


1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lazy was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Lazy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


lazier; laziest
: not willing to act or work : indolent
: moving slowly : sluggish
a lazy stream

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