slug·​gard | \ ˈslə-gərd How to pronounce sluggard (audio) \

Definition of sluggard

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: a habitually lazy person



Definition of sluggard (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from sluggard


sluggardness noun

Examples of sluggard in a Sentence


tried to wake up the sluggards who were still sleeping at that late hour

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Scar then proceeds to desolate the kingdom, with the help of hyenas, while Simba, in exile, grows up to become a pleasure-hunting, grub-eating sluggard. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Does “The Lion King” Need C.G.I.?," 19 July 2019 Clearly, supervision at your job is lax, and your sluggard classmate is taking advantage of that. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Can My Cat Go Out if He Bullies Other Cats?," 11 Oct. 2017 Slug was – is – a variant on sluggard, which was actually used as a surname for some time, apparently. Ruth Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "Shaking off late-summer hebetude," 7 Sep. 2017 French workers, whom the British like to dismiss as holiday-hogging sluggards, are more productive than the British. The Economist, "Theresa May v Britain’s managers," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sluggard


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1557, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sluggard


Middle English sluggart

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slug·​gard | \ ˈslə-gərd How to pronounce sluggard (audio) \

Kids Definition of sluggard

: a lazy person

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to make a temporary encampment

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