sloth

noun \ ˈslȯth , ˈsläth also ˈslōth \

Definition of sloth

plural sloths play \ with ths or t͟hz\
1 a :disinclination to action or labor :indolence
b :spiritual apathy and inactivity
  • the deadly sin of sloth
2 :any of various slow-moving arboreal edentate mammals (genera Bradypus and Choloepus) that inhabit tropical forests of South and Central America, hang from the branches back downward, and feed on leaves, shoots, and fruits — compare three-toed sloth, two-toed sloth

Examples of sloth in a Sentence

  1. the sins of gluttony and sloth

  2. a youth inclined more toward sloth than athletics

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Origin and Etymology of sloth

Middle English slouthe, from slow slow

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SLOTH Defined for Kids

sloth

noun \ ˈslȯth , ˈslōth \

Definition of sloth for Students

1 :the quality or state of being lazy
2 :an animal of Central and South America that hangs with its back downward and moves slowly along the branches of trees on whose leaves, twigs, and fruits it feeds


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