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

Other Words from lazy


lazily \ ˈlā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \ adverb
laziness \ ˈlā-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce lazy (audio) \ noun
lazyish \ ˈlā-​zē-​ish How to pronounce lazy (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sentiment—that younger generations are lazy and would rather stay at home—seems to be widely shared among older Americans. Will Daniel, Fortune, 9 May 2022 Each generation disrupts the workforce in its own way, meeting resistance from older generations (which, by the way, goes back to Chaucer and Shakespeare complaining about lazy young people). Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Many Republicans see these numbers and conclude the problem is unemployment payments that are, in their estimation, doled out to lazy people unwilling to work. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 1 June 2021 Her biggest turn-offs are close-minded and lazy guys and here's hoping there's none of those on the show to begin with! Alicia Vrajlal,, 19 Jan. 2022 Glutes, which are the largest and most fatigue-resistant muscles in running, get ignored and lazy during our days of sitting. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2022 Those who pulled in were deemed hard workers, but those who backed in were assumed to be in a hurry to leave work at night and, therefore, lazy or apathetic. Adam Blue, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Put a tin of tuna directly on a dinner plate with a little pile of pickles and crackers for a lazy person’s (me) snack platter. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, 17 Sep. 2021 Translated directly, semifreddo means partially frozen, and this dessert, unearthed on a plate like a pastel loaf of slowly melting fruit and cream, is something like the lazy person’s ice cream. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 See More

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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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“Lazy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for lazy


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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