sloth·​ful | \ ˈslȯth-fəl How to pronounce slothful (audio) , ˈsläth- also ˈslōth- \

Definition of slothful

: inclined to sloth : indolent

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slothfully \ ˈslȯth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce slothfully (audio) , ˈsläth-​ also  ˈslōth-​ \ adverb
slothfulness noun

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lazy, indolent, slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble. take-out foods for lazy cooks indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity. the heat made us indolent slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for. fired for being slothful about filling orders

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his overly lax managerial style has resulted in a department that is slothful and unproductive
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First Known Use of slothful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Slothful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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