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 The Halifax, Nova Scotia rockers leisurely lay down a foundation of folksy guitars with just the right dash of twang. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 9 Mar. 2020 Eco is only for those with a death wish; this car’s acceleration is leisurely enough. cleveland, "2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid delivers the Prius’ exceptional fuel efficiency without the oddball styling (review)," 8 Feb. 2020 Taking 4,000 more steps a day — even slow leisurely steps — can significantly decrease your risk of dying early from heart disease, cancer and other causes, a recent study found. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 1 Apr. 2020 Months later, Gigi Hadid leisurely stepped out post-fashion month wearing a colorful set in a blue-and-yellow print. Claire Stern, Glamour, "Tie-Dye Sweatsuits Are the Leopard-Print Midi Skirt of Quarantine," 10 Apr. 2020 The pace here is more leisurely than a TV movie, but the actors add a touch more depth. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Five new movies to watch at home (or not), ranked from must-see to skip it," 9 Apr. 2020 These days, the drove is mostly relaxing and roaming leisurely around the shady area. Sarah Bruning, Travel + Leisure, "How Hotels Are Taking Care of Their Resident Animals During COVID-19," 9 Apr. 2020 Baseball is so, um, leisurely, there’s a chance viewers would like watching the ads better anyway. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is the gift that keeps on giving," 13 Feb. 2020 About twenty minutes later the loungers were amazed to see a woman on Seventh Avenue strolling leisurely along with an axe over her shoulder. Zora Neale Hurston, Harper's magazine, "The Country in the Woman," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Only active recreation, like swimming, running, and surfing, is allowed, meaning that more leisurely beach-going endeavors like sunbathing are not considered valid reasons to hit the beach. TheWeek, "Los Angeles County's stay-at-home orders are expected to be extended at least through July," 12 May 2020 More leisurely pursuits, like lounging or sunbathing, are prohibited, as are items that go with those passive pastimes: coolers, blankets, tents, umbrellas and the like. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Seal Beach joins other Orange County beaches in reopening for active recreation," 11 May 2020 Some Hoosiers looking for a more leisurely activity will out of luck as well. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "5 more ways the coronavirus has changed life in Indiana this week," 3 Apr. 2020 May 17 was supposed to be the first Sunday Parkways of the year -- a seven-mile leisurely route through Southeast Portland neighborhoods, with parties, games, music and food at parks along the way. oregonlive, "Portland’s mega-popular Sunday Parkways events won’t hit streets in May, June, instead expect ‘digital events’," 30 Apr. 2020 The newspaper headlines the morning of April 29, 1970, however, threatened to end his fun and leisurely exploration of the campus. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, "Kent State shooting: William Schroeder loved KSU life in spring of '70, embraced ROTC," 29 Apr. 2020 Canavaggio has spent days crunching the numbers to figure out whether reopening his bar is worth the safety risk, or even feasible in the first place, given how persistent safety concerns could crater demand for a leisurely indoor happy hour. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice," 29 Apr. 2020 The ratio spread of the automatic could be tighter, as second gear seems to go on forever as the engine leisurely winds its way to its 6400-rpm redline. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Goes Beyond Basic Transportation," 22 Apr. 2020 Star Trek: Discovery takes an admittedly leisurely approach to storytelling, particularly in S1, but that's frankly part of its appeal. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Actor Ethan Peck talks taking on iconic role of Spock for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 11 Apr. 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Leisurely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisurely. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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