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[leyz] /leɪz/
verb (used without object), lazed, lazing.
to idle or lounge lazily (often followed by around):
I was too tired to do anything but laze around this weekend.
verb (used with object), lazed, lazing.
to pass (time, life, etc.) lazily (usually followed by away).
a period of ease or indolence:
a quiet laze in the hammock.
Origin of laze
First recorded in 1585-95; back formation from lazy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for laze
Historical Examples
  • It was delightful to laze in the sunshine, to feel at peace with all the world.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • It is possible these hooks may be pegs to prevent the shifting of the laze rods.

  • For the present I have no time and no right to laze and enjoy myself.'

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • I have time to laze a little, and lie down all dressed on the bed, resting and thinking.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • A few days stolen out of the year in which to laze, and be happy, and—drift!

    An Unknown Lover Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • So I left Bindley to laze in peace and took my way down to the beach.

    A Veldt Vendetta Bertram Mitford
  • Say that I begged you to leave Oxford, that I want you to laze the rest of your life away.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • There was a general inclination to “laze” 103 about the camp and read, or take naps after that heavy breakfast.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • Nowhere else is one so free to "laze" without the rebuke even of one's own occasionally too zealous conscience.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • I feel more inclined to lie on the lawn and laze than go climbing hills again.

British Dictionary definitions for laze


(intransitive) to be indolent or lazy
(transitive) often foll by away. to spend (time) in indolence
the act or an instance of idling
Word Origin
C16: back formation from lazy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laze

1590s, back-formation from lazy. Related: Lazed; lazing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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