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 Featuring four pools, three whirlpools, waterfalls, and even a lazy river, there’s tons of room to stay socially distanced while having an unforgettable day. Kaitlyn Mcinnis, Forbes, "A Brief Guide To Navigating Pool Season In Las Vegas," 26 Feb. 2021 The hotel features an exclusive fireworks show during the summer and a pool with water slides, cabanas, a swim-up bar, and a lazy river for tubing. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Dallas Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021 At Louisiana State University, the lazy river spells out LSU. Ron Lieber, Town & Country, "Elite Universities Are in an Amenities Arms Race," 23 Feb. 2021 Taken together, these aims set forth a vision of a welfare state quite different from the right wing’s false notion of a government that bestows the bulk of tax revenues on the lazy, immoral poor. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "How the Democratic Party Can Create a Majoritarian Coalition," 11 Feb. 2021 Certainly not laziness — no reader was ever less lazy. New York Times, "Harold Bloom Is Dead. But His ‘Rage for Reading’ Is Undiminished.," 23 Jan. 2021 At one point Oubre stole a lazy pass from Ed Davis and was headed for a layup at the other end. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Golden State eventually takes over to again turn away Timberwolves," 27 Jan. 2021 Instead of ball-watching and lazy closeouts on defense, Wiggins made life difficult on the Timberwolves’ best scorers, hit a couple of memorable jumpers and, perhaps more importantly, seldom stopped smiling. Connor Letourneau,, "Lineup change helps spark Warriors to convincing win over Timberwolves," 25 Jan. 2021 The mythical 400-pound hacker has since become practically a meme among cybersecurity professionals pointing to lazy attribution. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Trump’s Worst, Most Bizarre Statements About ‘the Cyber’," 18 Jan. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Lazy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 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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