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lazy

[ley-zee] /ˈleɪ zi/
adjective, lazier, laziest.
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.
verb (used without object), lazied, lazying.
5.
to laze.
Origin of lazy
1540-1550
1540-50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related forms
lazily, adverb
laziness, noun
lazyish, adjective
Synonyms
1. slothful. See idle. 3. inert, inactive, torpid.
Antonyms
1. industrious. 3. quick.
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  • I thought he was bad enough, but this is surely the laziest man alive.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • Florence's aunts used to say that I must be the laziest man in Philadelphia.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • You're about the laziest set I ever had anything to do with.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • I should say he was the laziest, most conceited fellow I ever came near.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • We therefore cast lots, and the laziest man was fortunate to win.

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • You're about the laziest and most shiftless man I ever came across.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for laziest

lazy

/ˈleɪzɪ/
adjective lazier, laziest
1.
not inclined to work or exertion
2.
conducive to or causing indolence
3.
moving in a languid or sluggish manner: a lazy river
4.
(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 laziest

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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