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[ley-zee-bohnz] /ˈleɪ ziˌboʊnz/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb) Informal.
a lazy person.
Origin of lazybones
1580-90 lazy + bone + -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lazybones
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  • Was this then the lazybones who had such dreadful headaches at the least bit of work?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • "We were talking about lazybones, Stuff," said Mrs. Bluehen.

    The Chickens of Fowl Farm

    Lena E. Barksdale
  • Here, wake up, lazybones, and eat your supper before it gets cold.

    Sybil Chase Ann S. Stephens
  • He don't want to find gold for the king any longer,—the lazybones!

    The Princess and Curdie

    George MacDonald
  • Come, my dear lazybones, come out and row me about the lake in your boat.

  • Do you want to make an early morning excursion—before lazybones Helen is roused from her rosy slumbers?

  • The lazybones would look at the task set him, saying: “To-morrow,” and would stretch his arms, scratching and yawning.

    Flemish Legends Charles de Coster
  • He therefore called up the stable guards and hurried them with a “Quick, now, you lazybones!”

    A Little Garrison Fritz von der Kyrburg
  • That document informed me that 'lazybones' was going to make himself useful.

  • Look, lazybones, the roads are pretty nearly dry and we couldn't ask for a more wonderful day.

British Dictionary definitions for lazybones


(informal) a lazy person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lazybones

1590s, from lazy + plural of bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lazybones



An indolent person; slugabed (1593+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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