lei·sure·ly | \ˈlē-zhər-lē, 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

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 Some of the issues are similar to the majors: Pitchers who work too slowly; multiple pitching changes per inning; and too many meetings on the mound, with coaches walking out leisurely to conduct them. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Pace of Play Problems Plague College Baseball, Too," 25 June 2018 Kyle caddied for Garrett two years ago at the Canadian Open and plays leisurely himself. Terrin Waack, chicagotribune.com, "From the ice to the green, NHL ref makes U.S. Open debut," 11 June 2018 The 17th annual Drivin’ the Dixie on June 16 offers a leisurely all-day drive from Blue Island to Momence in vintage cars, collector cars or contemporary vehicles. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Drivin' the Dixie features vintage vehicles and contemporary cars touring historic highway," 7 June 2018 Voiceovers from locals complement video footage of subjects including a satellite-building facility in Glasgow, fashion classes at the Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design, and leisurely strolls along the Scottish shores. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Step Into Scotland With Immersive AR App," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

These performances were in public and private spaces, sometimes on a theatrical stage or in the form of a leisurely stroll in the street alongside white people. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "When Black Performers Use Their ‘White Voice’," 10 July 2018 Zara, $46 SHOP IT Best With Flowy Skirts After dinner, take a leisurely stroll around your resort in these colorful two-tone coral sandals. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Only 3 Shoes You Need to Pack for Vacation," 25 May 2018 Sometime during the fourth quarter, when the Celtics already had salted the game away, and James was taking his leisurely strolls down the parquet in the general direction of the Mystic River, back in the Boston locker room, Smart’s phone went off. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Marcus Smart Continues to Give the Celtics Exactly What They Need," 14 May 2018 Diners will be treated to nearly two full turns with views of the Indiana Statehouse and other Downtown Indianapolis sites during the course of a leisurely meal. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 The least tiny part about the home is the covered deck, which alone comes in at 280 square feet and includes a wood burning stove, couch, and enough room to have a leisurely meal al fresco. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab cabin comes with a deck almost as big as the house," 26 June 2018 The organization has teamed up with the Philadelphia Orchard Project for a leisurely ride that will stop by four community orchards. Philly.com, "Manayunk Arts Festival, Juneteenth, Bluebird Distilling 3rd Anniversary Party, and other events in Philadelphia, June 22-29," 21 June 2018 Sure the exertion could be tempered by taking a more leisurely ride, but the commute might as well double as my daily workout, right? Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Hey, cyclists — summer is here. Are you ready to ride out the heat?," 14 June 2018 However, just east of Chicago, Route 12 and the Red Arrow Highway provide a more leisurely and scenic drive to St. Joe, with stops along the way at roadside farm stands for fresh fruit and vegetables. Larry Nutson, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Bluff Concours classic car show represents the other side of Lake Michigan," 11 Aug. 2017

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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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The first known use of leisurely was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of leisurely

: not hurried : slow and relaxed


lei·sure·ly | \ˈlē-zhər-lē \

Kids Definition of leisurely

: unhurried a leisurely walk

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a state of commotion or excitement

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