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

Synonyms & Antonyms for slothful


idle, indolent, lazy, shiftless



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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

Examples of slothful in a Sentence

his overly lax managerial style has resulted in a department that is slothful and unproductive

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If there were obvious bargains, a little effort would bring riches at the expense of slothful investors. The Economist, "The growth of index investing has not made markets less efficient," 5 July 2018 So what's a moderately slothful girl who still cares about not getting wrinkles or cancer to do? Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "This SPF Cleanser Could Change Everything You Know About Sun Protection," 11 Aug. 2015 In this love-hate triangle, a woman tries to use her timid ex-husband to light a fire under her slothful boyfriend. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "5 arts picks: Fertile Ground Festival wrap-up, Shakespeare, more," 25 Jan. 2018 Second, and mostly a function of the first, by her mid-80s a woman has likely outlived her slothful husband and no longer has to take care of him nor no longer has to fend off his constant requests for intimacy. Jay Brinker,, "Guest TML: Best and worst from 2017 in Cincinnati sports," 15 Dec. 2017 As Ben Rhodes also said, reporters are an echo chamber, largely due to slothful ignorance. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Status Quo Blues," 17 Oct. 2017 Most villas have private pools, so the truly slothful need not stir more than a few feet. Lucy Fennings, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith's Summer Stays: Your Own Private Paradise," 12 May 2011 But having a baby is not a slothful lifestyle choice. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Budget Director Says Fat, Lazy Americans Don’t Deserve Health Care," 15 May 2017 Pachulia played the entire third quarter, something that’s uncommon, as the Warriors made their push back from a slothful first half. Jason Jones,, "Spurs lose 25-point lead, Leonard to injury and game to Warriors," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of slothful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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