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[ley-zee] /ˈleɪ zi/
adjective, lazier, laziest.
averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
causing idleness or indolence:
a hot, lazy afternoon.
slow-moving; sluggish:
a lazy stream.
(of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
verb (used without object), lazied, lazying.
to laze.
Origin of lazy
1540-50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related forms
lazily, adverb
laziness, noun
lazyish, adjective
1. slothful. See idle. 3. inert, inactive, torpid.
1. industrious. 3. quick. Unabridged
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  • The whole school smiled,207 for there was no lazier boy than this same Riley.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • I don't think I'm lazier than you are, and I know I'm not more afraid of anything.

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
  • Some wag once said: "All men are lazy, but some are lazier than others."

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • When he heerd tell how 't was, he said he agreed with the Edgewood folks that Jabe was lazier 'n Aaron.

    Timothy's Quest Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • We are too secure; no predatory creature can harm us, and we cultivate the lordlier and lazier vices.

    A Dream of the North Sea

    James Runciman
  • But Mollie kept getting lazier and lazier, and father kept getting stronger and healthier.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • I never fancied there was a lazy streak in me, but I'm getting lazier and lazier every day.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • Jere Conway was getting lazier and lazier as he got older and less attentive to business.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • To hit the near leader is a little more difficult, and a good reason, by the way, for putting the lazier leader on the off side.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for lazier


adjective lazier, laziest
not inclined to work or exertion
conducive to or causing indolence
moving in a languid or sluggish manner: a lazy river
(of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side
Derived Forms
lazily, adverb
laziness, noun
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lazier



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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