Definition of sloth
slothsplay \with ths or thz\
1a : disinclination to action or labor : indolenceb : 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
the sins of gluttony and sloth
a youth inclined more toward sloth than athletics
Recent Examples of sloth from the Web
The Bat Zone is now home to about 250 bats, a couple of owls and a two-toed sloth.
Add two parts of casual irresponsibility, one part sloth, one part ineptitude, then cake his intellectual laziness around the edge of the glass.
On the other hand, officials also worried that coffeehouses encouraged male dawdling and sloth, not industry and work—a criticism later echoed by anti-alcohol temperance campaigners worldwide.
According to his Instagram, the DMV worker helping Musk had a stuffed animal of the sloth from the movie Zootopia at his desk.
The nation's oldest two toed sloth has died at @zoossa aged 43.
But unlike Zootopia, Musk said his attendant was not actually a sloth.
In a classic scene from the animated film, all the DMV employees are sloths who take their sweet time accomplishing the tasks at hand.
The sloths grew up to 10 feet in length and weighed up to 1,500 pounds.
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Origin and Etymology of sloth
Middle English slouthe, from slow slow
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SLOTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sloth for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of being lazy
: a type of animal that lives in trees in South and Central America and that moves very slowly
SLOTH Defined for Kids
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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