- 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.
- to laze.
Origin of lazy
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Examples from the Web for lazily
We raced so fast that our rifles dropped out of our shoulders and lazily down to our sides.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
We were lazily watching Lost in Space, a show made in the 1960s about missing astronauts; there was nothing else on.My Father's Assassination
October 1, 2010
Men were lazily coming and going through a door that led into the baths.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
You shall not wait a moment,' returned his friend, as he lazily crossed his legs.Barnaby Rudge
Albert's mind was lazily drifting in search of the pleasing combination.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
“Oh, there are exceptions to that rule,” said Kate lazily, with a yawn.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
George Lee, with a smile on his boyish face, lazily moved his head.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
- not inclined to work or exertion
- conducive to or causing indolence
- moving in a languid or sluggish mannera lazy river
- (of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side
Word Origin and History for lazily
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.