They enjoyed the dolce far niente; they were luxurious in their enjoyment of the illusion of being boys once more.
She enjoyed the 'dolce far niente' in all the force of the term.
Would that we all might rise to the dolce far niente of an American consulate!
Will they, in the course of generations of dolce far niente, lose their stamina?
He is adventurous and roving and romantic, and has the dolce far niente in the blood.
What true Italian does not prefer the dolce far niente to gain?
"I would not have thought an Englishman so—dolce far niente," said Magin.
I really cannot undertake to keep Tribble in dolce far niente, and I give Mrs. Tribble notice to leave.
But the whole party is stricken with "camp-fever," "Indian laziness," the dolce far niente.
When he did arouse himself from this form of lethargy, it was only to indulge in another variety of dolce far niente—swimming.
1814, from Italian, literally "sweet doing nothing." The Latin roots are dulcis "sweet" (see dulcet), facere "to make, do," and nec entem, literally "not a being."
This phrase, frequent enough in English literature, does not seem to occur in any Italian author of note. Howells says that he found it current among Neapolitan lazzaroni, but it is not included in any collection of Italian proverbial sayings. [Walsh]