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 slothful (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

Examples of slothful in a Sentence

his overly lax managerial style has resulted in a department that is slothful and unproductive
Recent Examples on the Web Procrastination can be slothful or prudent, a vice or a virtue, depending on your habits and the tasks at hand. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 16 Dec. 2021 Selfish, feckless, self-deluded, weak-willed yet childishly willful, manipulative, slothful, and mendacious: How can such a despicable character also be such a likable one? Sigrid Nunez, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 The proud stagger beneath a sack of boulders, and the slothful atone with manic activity. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 After releasing 12 albums in 13 months, Twin Cities guitarist Cory Wong will end his momentarily slothful ways and drop just his second album this year. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 At the same time, others construed even the most slothful forms of idleness as a bold resistance to modernity’s greatest ills. Ingrid Nelson, The Conversation, 19 Mar. 2021 Another echoing aircraft hangar is home to a set representing a perfect Depression-era kitchen, where Rebel Wilson’s droll, slothful Jennyanydots will lounge her days away. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 19 Dec. 2019 His lust is gluttony, and Return of the Jedi is weird enough to score his slothful malevolence to a musical number. Darren Franich,, 6 Nov. 2019 The most expensive markets have the most slothful gains, and Seattle has seen prices decline 0.6 percent. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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