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

What used to be a leisurely start to summer has become a rush to action. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Kevin Durant is Brooklyn-bound," 1 July 2019 The Phoenix Mercury's leisurely schedule is about to shift into high gear. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury have played the fewest games in the WNBA, but that's about to change," 27 June 2019 After the leisurely pace of the group stage, with four or five days off between each game, the World Cup now picks up speed. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Opponents aren't only factor working against US women at World Cup," 22 June 2019 After grabbing a tube and heading to the spring head, spring-goers can float down the 68-degree run that starts out fast and then slows to a leisurely, lazy river pace. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Springs Guide: Rock Springs at Kelly Park," 21 June 2019 Generally speaking, spring snowmelt translates to fast-moving water in May and June and the rivers, along with their rapids, become more tame by July or so, making for more leisurely floats later in the summer. Brittany Anas, The Know, "Hit these 5 Colorado rivers for amazing whitewater rafting this summer," 18 June 2019 Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the waters of Loch Ness, keeping a careful eye out for the legendary beast lurking below the surface, or explore loch-side Urquhart Castle. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 This morning, set out on a leisurely kayak excursion from Akrotiri Beach and round the dramatic white crags on the island’s southwest coast. National Geographic, "Greek Islands Adventure," 12 June 2019 And that leisurely pace pushes hard against the novel’s form. Ron Charles | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portland to discuss her new novel, ‘City of Girls,’ about a young woman’s summer of sex," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce leisurely (audio) \

Kids Definition of leisurely

: unhurried a leisurely walk

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