- with free or unrestricted time.
- without haste; slowly.
- out of work; unemployed: Because of the failure of the magazine, many experienced editors are now at leisure.
Origin of leisure
British Dictionary definitions for at leisure
- time or opportunity for ease, relaxation, etc
- (as modifier)leisure activities
- having free time for ease, relaxation, etc
- not occupied or engaged
- without hurrying
Word Origin for leisure
Word Origin and History for at leisure
early 14c., leisir, "opportunity to do something" (as in phrase at (one's) leisure), also "time at one's disposal," from Old French leisir (Modern French loisir) "capacity; permission; leisure, spare time; free will; idleness, inactivity," noun use of infinitive leisir "be permitted," from Latin licere "be permitted" (see licence). The -u- appeared 16c., probably on analogy of words like pleasure. Phrase leisured class attested by 1836.
Idioms and Phrases with at leisure (1 of 2)
Slowly, without haste, as in the famous 16th-century proverb, Marry in haste and repent at leisure.
Unemployed, having free time, as in I'm not looking for another job right now; I want to be at leisure for at least a few months. This usage has become less common but is still heard. [1300s] Also see at one's leisure.
Idioms and Phrases with at leisure (2 of 2)
see at leisure; at one's leisure.