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[sluhg-erd] /ˈslʌg ərd/
a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.
lazy; sluggardly.
Origin of sluggard
First recorded in 1350-1400, sluggard is from the Middle English word slogarde. See slug1, -ard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Markworth thought himself shrewd; but here, in the race of wits, he found himself a sluggard.

    Caught in a Trap John C. Hutcheson
  • No sluggard, be it known, can hope to catch grasshoppers with any degree of success.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • The sluggard is pelted with the dung of oxen: and every one that toucheth him will shake his hands.

  • To begin the year by going to bed is a good beginning for a sluggard.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • Indeed, the human saint as well as sluggard may "go to the ant" for many suggestive hints and commentaries.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • He, being no sluggard, had built a house for himself, to which he at once took his bride.

    The Settlers William H. G. Kingston
  • Charley himself was no sluggard, but the forester's capacity for work simply amazed him.

  • The fans who watch the game of life despise the sluggard in the strife.

    Rippling Rhymes Walt Mason
  • While he had stood there a dolt and sluggard, she had satisfied her curiosity and stolen away.

  • I knew him for a sluggard in the morning; but, as it drew on toward noon, I lost my patience.

British Dictionary definitions for sluggard


a person who is habitually indolent
Derived Forms
sluggardly, adjective
sluggardliness, noun
sluggardness, noun
Word Origin
C14 slogarde; related to slug1
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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