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

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Other Words from lazy

Adjective

lazily \ ˈlā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce lazily (audio) \ adverb
laziness \ ˈlā-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce laziness (audio) \ noun
lazyish \ ˈlā-​zē-​ish How to pronounce lazyish (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for lazy

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

Choose between wild waterslides or more low-key activities like bobbing in the wave pool and floating down the lazy river. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Splashin' Safari has 18 water rides, including several slides, wading pools and lazy rivers and has earned plenty of accolades in the past. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Holiday World's Splashin' Safari named No. 1 best water park in the country," 1 May 2019 Just a lazy stroll from the team hotel to Petco Park. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Last Giants’ game in San Diego for Bruce Bochy, what about Madison Bumgarner?," 28 July 2019 The playground is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The water park includes over 40 attractions including slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Beat the heat: South Florida’s best water parks, pools, splash parks," 23 July 2019 Female lions famously hunt their prey in packs, while male lions have typically been viewed as the lazy recipients of the spoils. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Ten Things We’ve Learned About Lions Since Disney’s Original ‘The Lion King’," 19 July 2019 Sparkes asked Thomas in front of reporters, before admitting to calling her lazy. Fox News, "Georgia man denies telling black female lawmaker to 'go back where you came from'," 7 May 2019 And intentional laziness parenting is not actually lazy at all. Scott Lutostanski, chicagotribune.com, "The compelling case for being an 'intentionally lazy' parent," 10 Apr. 2018 At its laziest, the Academy gives a lifetime achievement award in this category: think Steely Dan's Three Against Nature or Santana's Supernatural. Dave Holmes, Esquire, "The Long, Strange, Occasionally Perfect History of Grammy Winners," 24 Jan. 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 and Verb

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

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lazulite

lazurite

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lazyback

lazybed

lazybird

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The first known use of lazy was in 1549

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lazy

adjective

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

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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