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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 evidence is very strong," she said, lazily settling her deshabille.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
  • Our canoes go with the river, but no longer easily or lazily.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • One felt that a giant had been at work all day, and was now stretching himself, not lazily, but a little relaxingly.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • There they lay, lazily blinking at me, and filling the nest overfull.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller
  • Mr. Crow was lazily twisting his meagre chin whiskers one morning soon after Rosalie's departure.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • By this time my sister was awake, and lazily asking "What is the matter?"

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Josh could not hold out after that any longer, but condescended to lazily turn and indifferently survey the approaching craft.

  • Hafiz, blinking his jewelled eyes, watched her lazily from his pillow.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for lazily


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 lazily

1580s, from lazy + -ly (2).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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