Synonyms & Antonyms of slothful

not easily aroused to action or work
  • his overly lax managerial style has resulted in a department that is slothful and unproductive

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How is the word slothful distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words indolent and lazy are common synonyms of slothful. While all three words mean "not easily aroused to activity," slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for.

fired for being slothful about filling orders

When is indolent a more appropriate choice than slothful?

The synonyms indolent and slothful are sometimes interchangeable, but indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity.

the heat made us indolent

Where would lazy be a reasonable alternative to slothful?

The meanings of lazy and slothful largely overlap; however, lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble.

take-out foods for lazy cooks

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The first known use of slothful was in the 15th century

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“Slothful.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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