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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 laziness

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  • We'll cure Jim of laziness, and it will be a fine piece of work.

  • Laziness, that brutish existence which had been his dream, proved his punishment.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The light labour entrusted to him became irksome owing to his laziness.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Perhaps I should never have written at all if you hadn't urged me, shamed me out of my laziness.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Oh, they don't grumble; any excuse for laziness is warmly welcomed.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for laziness

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 laziness

n.

1570s, from lazy + -ness.

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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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