lazy

adjective
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

lazy

verb
lazied; lazying

Definition of lazy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or lie lazily : laze

Other Words from lazy

Adjective

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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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 More often, though, tenure opposition is based on mistaken assumptions that professors are lazy or engaged in widespread indoctrination. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 15 Oct. 2021 Christmas morning, a Zoom fete, or just a lazy Sunday, treat your feet to the best slippers for women this holiday season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020 Keep those lazy-Sunday feels going all season long by pairing silky slipdresses with snuggly oversize teddy-bear coats. Joseph Errico, Marie Claire, 5 Oct. 2020 For example, fat people are often perceived as being lazy, clumsy, disgusting, and slow. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Cannabis professionals and leaders are lazy, forgetful or uneducated. Mike Weinberger, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2021 The first minstrel shows mimicked enslaved Africans on Southern plantations, depicting Black people as lazy, ignorant, cowardly or hypersexual, according to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 The top five characteristics assigned to Gen Z were: tech-savvy, materialistic, selfish, lazy, and arrogant. The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 All topics swirling amidst the national discourse on so much — a discourse that is not always comfortable, not always easy, lazy, or simplistic. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021

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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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24 Jan 2022

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“Lazy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lazy. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for lazy

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 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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