- a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.
- lazy; sluggardly.
Origin of sluggard
Examples from the Web for sluggard
"The day is young, but I'm no sluggard, you know," said the lawyer.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
The fans who watch the game of life despise the sluggard in the strife.Rippling Rhymes
To escape this fault, a man must be either a saint or a sluggard.Impressions of South Africa
I will not, like a sluggard, wear out my youth in idleness at home.Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
- a person who is habitually indolent
Word Origin and History for sluggard
late 14c., late 13c. as a surname, "habitually lazy person," from Middle English sluggi "sluggish, indolent," probably from a Scandinavian word; cf. dialectal Norwegian slugga "be sluggish," dialectal Norwegian sluggje "heavy, slow person," dialectal Swedish slogga "to be slow or sluggish." Adjective sluggy is attested in English from early 13c.
'Tis the voice of a sluggard -- I heard him complain:
"You have wak'd me too soon, I must slumber again."
[Isaac Watts, 1674-1748]
'Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
"You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
["Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson), 1832-1898]
As an adjective meaning "sluggish, lazy" from 1590s. Related: Sluggardly.