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[slawth-fuh l, slohth-] /ˈslɔθ fəl, ˈsloʊθ-/
sluggardly; indolent; lazy.
Origin of slothful
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at sloth, -ful
Related forms
slothfully, adverb
slothfulness, noun
sluggish; inactive, torpid, slack. See idle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slothfulness
Historical Examples
  • Speedily he relapsed again into slothfulness and self-indulgence.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • It must be the fruit of our own mismanagement or slothfulness or vices.

  • It furnishes constant temptation to slothfulness and inactivity.

  • All that resulted was the renewal of slothfulness, prodigality, and killing.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • When we do it to gratify our slothfulness, or to cover our wilful ignorance and disability.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • slothfulness is condemned even by the feeblest of all the creatures.

    The Heavenly Footman

    John Bunyan
  • In Thee is no carelessness, neglect, slothfulness, nor caprice.

    Westminster Sermons Charles Kingsley
  • With all his slothfulness he was shrewd, and could drive a better bargain than many men twice as active in mind and body.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • Short, weak, crooked and black-coloured nails show deceit and slothfulness.

  • The coffee was eloquent of the fact; the slothfulness of the bunk house shouted it in his ears.

    The Short Cut

    Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for slothfulness


Derived Forms
slothfully, adverb
slothfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slothfulness



c.1400, from sloth + -ful. Related: Slothfully; slothfulness. For the latter, Middle English also had sloth-head (c.1300), with Middle English -hede, cognate with -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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