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


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 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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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 Speaking of, when everyone's awake, there's plenty to do to keep the kids busy — including an entire water park, Aqua Nick, that has everything from water slides and sprays for the older kids to a lazy river and wading pools for the younger ones. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana Is the Best Place to Travel With a Baby and a Sibling," 10 Jan. 2020 Attractions include the Lassoloop water slide, a 600-foot lazy river with periodic wave surges to simulate a real river, a FlowRider surfing simulator and an area for children under 42 inches tall. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 Aqua Nick includes a lazy river, tubes, slides plus a kids-only interactive water playground. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "The most-anticipated 2020 hotel openings around the world," 24 Dec. 2019 Other amenities include tennis and pickleball courts, full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pools and a lazy river. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Renderings offer a look inside the luxury Margaritaville Resort headed for Lake Conroe," 3 Dec. 2019 The second half of the schedule looks like a lazy river compared to the first half. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns rollercoaster rolls on against the Seahawks: 3 Quick Thoughts," 13 Oct. 2019 In one, Smith takes readers on a journey through a metaphor masquerading as a lazy river. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Smith takes readers on a wild ride in ‘Grand Union’," 7 Oct. 2019 From a story on the stabbing of Kelso Cochrane in 1959 to another on the experience of riding a lazy river in a Spanish resort, the collection builds on Smith’s observational wit and ability to use fiction to comment on real-life events. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 During the celebration, Savage and Big Bank were seen enjoying their time on the lazy river. Georgia Slater,, "Future and 21 Savage Rent Out Six Flags Water Park for Local Atlanta Kids," 22 Aug. 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


1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lazy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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
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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