Synonyms & Antonyms of lazy

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 not easily aroused to action or work
  • the lazy dog just wanted to lie on the couch all day and sleep

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Synonyms & Antonyms of lazy (Entry 2 of 2)

to spend time doing nothing
  • a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch

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How is the word lazy distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words indolent and slothful are common synonyms of lazy. While all three words mean "not easily aroused to activity," lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble.

take-out foods for lazy cooks

When is it sensible to use indolent instead of lazy?

Although the words indolent and lazy have much in common, indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity.

the heat made us indolent

When might slothful be a better fit than lazy?

While in some cases nearly identical to lazy, 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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The first known use of lazy was in 1549

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“Lazy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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