lei·​sure·​ly | \ ˈlē-zhər-lē How to pronounce leisurely (audio) , ˈle-, ˈlā-\

Definition of leisurely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without haste : deliberately



Definition of leisurely (Entry 2 of 2)

: characterized by leisure : unhurried a leisurely pace

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leisureliness noun

Examples of leisurely in a Sentence


the old hound dog leisurely sauntered over to his water bowl to take a drink


They strolled along at a leisurely pace. proceeding in a leisurely fashion After a leisurely lunch, we went to see a movie.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But short trips between apartments and metro stops or leisurely rides across parks remained a vacuum until recently. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Furniture was designed to put you in a certain mood, like reclining leisurely or sprawling out. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the maximalist, kaleidoscopic interiors of Verner Panton," 4 Sep. 2018 The pace is leisurely, only partly because the path there is not maintained. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Fossil hunting 101: Lessons from a self-taught dinosaur tracker," 16 June 2018 Kyle caddied for Garrett two years ago at the Canadian Open and plays leisurely himself. BostonGlobe.com, "After working NHL playoffs, referee Garrett Rank qualified for US Open," 13 June 2018 Our Friday meal is a cenetta: intimate, rustic and leisurely served. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 Kyle caddied for Garrett two years ago at the Canadian Open and plays leisurely himself. BostonGlobe.com, "After working NHL playoffs, referee Garrett Rank qualified for US Open," 13 June 2018 Where golf carts formerly rushed past, mothers leisurely push strollers. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Going out of business, golf courses become prime redevelopment targets," 5 July 2018 In other words, speedy stepping may strengthen the heart better than leisurely strolling, in keeping with long-standing associations between exercise and cardiovascular health. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why You Should Pick Up the Pace When You Walk," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Top Shop: Shen Beauty For a leisurely afternoon of perusing and pampering, visit clean-beauty boutique Shen. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Your Beauty Guide to Brooklyn," 16 Apr. 2019 With the event, Ford has tapped into a yearning for small-batch design and leisurely shopping that some feared was becoming lost in the era of Amazon. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Field + Supply: The Craft Fair Worth Traveling Cross Country For," 12 Apr. 2019 Staying in bed for the study won't be like a leisurely day watching Netflix—everything from showering to going to the bathroom will have to be done without getting up. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Want to Pay Someone $19,000 to Lie Down For Two Months," 29 Mar. 2019 Have a leisurely dinner, rest off any remaining jet lag, and prepare yourself for the adventures ahead. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Bozeman, Butte, Big Sky, and Back: The Ultimate Southwest Montana Road Trip," 31 Aug. 2018 For a leisurely boat ride, Chopra wore a two-piece top and skirt by Montce Swim, both in a striped, multicolored print. Vogue, "This Is How Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Do Vacation Style," 25 Mar. 2019 Upon awakening, meander over to our Seth Bird annex for a sumptuous and leisurely breakfast. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 This was the first sign that volleyball may have replaced leisurely bike rides as DiCaprio’s preferred summer cardio. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "A Comprehensive Guide to What Leonardo DiCaprio Did This Summer," 7 Aug. 2018 Go for a leisurely stroll near the fields of lavender, which fill the air with a lovely aroma. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of leisurely


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1604, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of leisurely

: not hurried : slow and relaxed


lei·​sure·​ly | \ ˈlē-zhər-lē How to pronounce leisurely (audio) \

Kids Definition of leisurely

: unhurried a leisurely walk

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