lazy

adjective
la·zy | \ ˈlā-zē \
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

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Other words from lazy

Adjective

lazily \ˈlā-zə-lē \ adverb
laziness \ˈlā-zē-nəs \ noun
lazyish \ˈlā-zē-ish \ 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

Managers too lazy to supervise or too cowardly to fire would dispatch to the copy desk anybody who had bungled every other assignment. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 Because, ouch, the word soccer isn’t a lazy American creation of convenience. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Sorry, England: the USA is right to call football 'soccer'," 12 July 2018 Unfortunately, none of this makes up for a worldview that blends the laziest leftist clichés with absurd Islamist fictions. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 Floating along the lazy Russian River in an inner tube accessorized with an inflatable pink flamingo cooler is a perfect way to while away the summer. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018 Some may call it lazy gardening, but that light hand is beneficial for the soil, the balance of micro-organisms, and the root zone of most plants. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Gardening: It’s summertime and 90-plus degrees, but think about fall harvest now," 6 July 2018 First get comfortable with your gear over afternoons on flat water and the laziest rivers, says Johnston. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "3 Alternative Ways To Go Camping," 28 June 2018 The park features include a wave pool, lazy river, kids slides and Gator Splash, an interactive play structure with more than 300 water play elements. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Big Rivers Waterpark grand opening postponed until July," 20 June 2018 The McAlister model includes an expansive front porch ideal for warm summer nights and lounging on a lazy Saturday morning. chicagotribune.com, "Airhart Construction’s new Stafford Place community set to open," 28 Feb. 2018

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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

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

Verb

see lazy entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near lazy

lazuline

lazulite

lazurite

lazy

lazyback

lazybed

lazybird

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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 \
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.
laziness \-zē-nəs \ noun

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