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lazy

[ley-zee]
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adjective, la·zi·er, la·zi·est.
  1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
  2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon.
  3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.
  4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
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verb (used without object), la·zied, la·zy·ing.
  1. to laze.
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Origin of lazy

1540–50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related formsla·zi·ly, adverbla·zi·ness, nounla·zy·ish, adjective

Synonyms

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1. slothful. See idle. 3. inert, inactive, torpid.

Antonyms

1. industrious. 3. quick.
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Examples from the Web for lazied

Historical Examples

  • Then when we had got pretty well stuffed, we laid off and lazied.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Then we lazied an hour or two in her smashed cabin, getting a hot sniping on our return.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • McKenzie lazied the evening away stretched out on a cabin locker listening to the yarns of his ship-mates.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for lazied

lazy

adjective lazier or laziest
  1. not inclined to work or exertion
  2. conducive to or causing indolence
  3. moving in a languid or sluggish mannera lazy river
  4. (of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side
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Derived Formslazily, adverblaziness, noun

Word Origin

C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lazied

lazy

adj.

1540s, laysy, of unknown origin. Replaced native slack, slothful, and idle as the main word expressing the notion of "averse to work." In 19c. thought to be from lay (v.) as tipsy from tip. Skeat is responsible for the prevailing modern view that it probably comes from Low German, cf. Middle Low German laisch "weak, feeble, tired," modern Low German läösig, early modern Dutch leuzig, all of which may go back to the PIE root *(s)leg- "slack." According to Weekley, the -z- sound disqualifies a connection with French lassé "tired" or German lassig "lazy, weary, tired." A supposed dialectal meaning "naught, bad," if it is the original sense, may tie the word to Old Norse lasenn "dilapidated," lasmøyrr "decrepit, fragile," root of Icelandic las-furða "ailing," las-leiki "ailment." Lazy Susan is from 1917.

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