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

Other Words from leisurely


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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First Known Use of leisurely


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1604, in the meaning defined above

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“Leisurely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisurely. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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lei·​sure·​ly | \ ˈlē-zhər-lē How to pronounce leisurely (audio) \

Kids Definition of leisurely

: unhurried a leisurely walk

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