- 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 laziness
While some may classify that inactivity as laziness or indifference, Brown suggests the contrary.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
People tend to condemn the obese because they believe that “fatness” is evidence of laziness and lack of discipline.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever
September 26, 2014
Fatigue, sadness, or psychosis is not about choice or laziness or selfishness.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
August 5, 2014
Next, add the vices of a rentier state: laziness, irresponsibility, a sense of entitlement, and ignorance.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today
August 3, 2014
When universities board up their English departments, they surrender to ignorance and laziness.Pulling the Plug on English Departments
July 28, 2014
We'll cure Jim of laziness, and it will be a fine piece of work.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Laziness, that brutish existence which had been his dream, proved his punishment.
The light labour entrusted to him became irksome owing to his laziness.
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.)
- 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 laziness
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.