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

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

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 The former, priced up to $50,000 each, sold out before the opening; the latter, priced at one-tenth of Stegner’s portraits, earned critical raves but sold at a more leisurely clip. Michael Slenske And Molly Langmuir, The Cut, "Who’s Afraid of the Female Nude?," 18 Apr. 2018 Attending leisurely events to check out pretty things is part of being a Fashion Director. Rajni Lucienne Jacques, Teen Vogue, "7 Spring 2019 Trends You'll See Everywhere Next Season," 20 Oct. 2018 Designating 12th Avenue Northeast as a bicycle corridor for leisurely travel. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 Some drivers roll up in a leisurely frame, stretching their legs and lingering in hopes that a friend or familiar face will show up to chat. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Take a leisurely bike ride on the uncrowded path that circles the bay, rent a kayak or bliss out in a paddleboard yoga class. Dorothy O'donnell, latimes.com, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018 Prepare for a leisurely dinner in an awesome ambiance. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink in Boston," 22 May 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leisurely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 \

Kids Definition of leisurely

: unhurried a leisurely walk

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