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

Adverb the old hound dog leisurely sauntered over to his water bowl to take a drink Adjective 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 Lush seagrass spawns a lucrative saltwater fishing industry and ecological tourism, including people who come from near and far to see manatees and catch glimpses of mothers and calves grazing or leisurely moving through the waterways. Jim Waymer, USA TODAY, "Vultures circle a tropical paradise in Florida as Brevard County's graveyard of manatees grows," 8 May 2021 Many of us are over a year into working from home, having swapped lengthy commutes for leisurely making coffee at home. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon’s Hidden Work-from-Home Section Is Packed with Office Essentials Starting at $6," 29 Apr. 2021 For starters, baseball lends itself to wandering leisurely during games. Chris Sosa, chicagotribune.com, "Column: New Comiskey Park opened 30 years ago today. Thank goodness the Chicago White Sox keep hitting the refresh button on their ballpark.," 18 Apr. 2021 Gorenstein likes how Abba has attracted regulars and become a daytime and sunset destination where guests leisurely sip wine. Andy Wang, Robb Report, "NYC’s Biggest Restaurateurs Are Turning Miami Into America’s Hottest Dining Scene," 15 Apr. 2021 But nobody is here to witness it, nothing stirs, except for the dog in the driveway, leisurely licking his testicles. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Family at Odds Reveals a Nation in the Throes," 12 Apr. 2021 Even within some legacy publications, resources and standards can vary significantly, with underpaid young journalists expected to chase the viral news of the day while established stars leisurely file their latest beat-sweetener. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Facebook Has Found a New Way to Ruin Media," 16 Mar. 2021 For a piece that feels luxurious to touch and leisurely to wear, look no further than Toteme’s silk scarf top. Samantha Costantino, Forbes, "10 Must-Have Spring Wardrobe Essentials To Replace Sweats," 9 Mar. 2021 And thanks to the celebrity-gossip-industrial complex, we were hit with a barrage of near-daily paparazzi photos of Affleck and de Armas leisurely strolling around their Los Angeles neighborhoods. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Being Stuck at Home for a Year Has Led to One Repeated Question: What’s Ben Affleck Doing Now?," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Founders Course something more than a leisurely stroll. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Auburn’s Super Team presents Bryan Harsin to Birmingham," 5 May 2021 This time, Shohei Ohtani took a leisurely stroll around the bases. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Dodgers blow 7-1 lead and lose to Padres," 26 Apr. 2021 The Garden Walk is designed to be a leisurely two-mile stroll through Mission Hills, a neighborhood known for its variety of home and garden styles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hope blooms anew with return of Mission Hills Garden Walk," 10 Apr. 2021 This pet-friendly hotel is close to major downtown attractions and the National Mall, while still only steps away from a leisurely stroll along the Potomac or a visit to the Kennedy Center. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "Washington, D.C. Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Immediately upon arrival, guests should be sure to take a leisurely stroll along the St. Marys Waterfront, a charming promenade complete with a gazebo offering a spectacular view of the river. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, "Exploring St. Marys, Georgia’s Historic Seaside Community," 28 Feb. 2021 The building is a leisurely stroll from key spots in Gibraltar, including the famous limestone Rock, Gibraltar International Airport and Spain’s southern border. New York Times, "House Hunting in Gibraltar: A Corner Townhouse on Main Street for $1.9 Million," 20 Jan. 2021 Nicole Latner took video of the 10-foot gator taking a nice leisurely stroll in the sunshine at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne back in October. FOX 35 Orlando, "Gator roundup: Here are the biggest Florida alligator videos of 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Nicole Latner captured video of the 10-foot gator taking a leisurely stroll in the sunshine at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, "Video captures massive alligator out for stroll on Central Florida golf course," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Leisurely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisurely. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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