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[lak-uh-dey-zi-kuh l] /ˌlæk əˈdeɪ zɪ kəl/
without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic:
a lackadaisical attempt.
lazy; indolent:
a lackadaisical fellow.
Origin of lackadaisical
1760-70; lackadais(y) (variant of lackaday) + -ical
Related forms
lackadaisically, adverb
lackadaisicalness, noun
2. slothful, unambitious, idle. Unabridged
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  • The last words of his speech he whined out in a lackadaisical tone.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Our interest in the thing is all lackadaisical, a kind of bun-fight of pet notions.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • The woman short, slight, and lackadaisical, though rather pretty.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • Marriage is a lackadaisical proceeding at best; but there is no resource.

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Don't indulge in tête-à-têtes, or in lackadaisical glances of the eye.

British Dictionary definitions for lackadaisical


lacking vitality and purpose
lazy or idle, esp in a dreamy way
Derived Forms
lackadaisically, adverb
lackadaisicalness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from earlier lackadaisy, extended form of lackaday
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Word Origin and History for lackadaisical

1768 (Sterne), from interjection lackadaisy "alas, alack" (1748), an alteration of lack-a-day (1690s), from alack the day (1590s). Hence, "given to crying 'lack-a-day,' vapidly sentimental." Sense probably altered by influence of lax. Related: Lackadaisically.

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