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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Retreat Pool & Cabanas has two pools, including an adult pool with a swim-up bar and a lazy river. Ron Donoho Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What you need to know about the area’s 10 casinos," 10 Dec. 2020 Lumping together all these creators with vastly different political persuasions is lazy at best. Lou Perez, WSJ, "How I Became a ‘Far-Right Radical’," 30 Dec. 2020 The crime: Two days into 2011, shots rang out on a lazy Sunday morning near the Lexington Supermarket on Reading Road in Avondale. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Backstory: Shooter who gunned down Rafeal Ross outside of supermarket in 2011 still at large," 15 Nov. 2020 Despite his occasional heterodox leanings, Trump is incredibly lazy and has staffed his administration mostly with orthodox conservative ideologues. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Trump is wrecking the government on his way out," 19 Nov. 2020 Drybar's limited edition dry shampoo will get you in the holiday spirit, Rahua's air dry spray is perfect for those lazy days you can't be bothered to heat style, and Unite's root spray will make any hairline look snatched. Kat Suico, Allure, "The Most Exciting Hair Products Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2020 All to say, despite our collective frustrations around the virus’s nonexistent expiry date and its impact on our daily lives, now isn’t the time to get lazy about your masks. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Governor Cuomo and His Daughter Mariah Kennedy-Cuomo Launch New York’s Mask Up Campaign With The RealReal," 26 Oct. 2020 In fact, the V-8's a bit lazy off the line as the electronics manage its 505 pound-feet of torque, which peaks at just 2000 rpm. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Cannot Be Ignored," 2 Oct. 2020 Gift card sales — the present described as a lazy afterthought by some and a versatile, safer cash substitute by others — are expected to surge this holiday season as a result of the pandemic. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "Minnesota retailers say gift card bounty not reaching all of them equally," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Lazy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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