- 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 lazying
Creagh sprang to his feet from the chair in which he had been lazying.A Daughter of Raasay
William MacLeod Raine
His head felt heavy and kind of funny, but he didn't think that lazying around on the pier would be harmful.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
And see what I've made thee while thou'st been lazying in bed—a real English ship of war.Harding's luck
E. [Edith] Nesbit
So we would put in the day, lazying around, listening to the stillness.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And lazying thus in the sunshine, I cast my mind over many things, but particularly I thought of Hugh.A Tatter of Scarlet
S. R. Crockett
- 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 lazying
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.