lackadaisical

[lak-uh-dey-zi-kuhl]

adjective

without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt.
lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow.

Origin of lackadaisical

1760–70; lackadais(y) (variant of lackaday) + -ical
Related formslack·a·dai·si·cal·ly, adverblack·a·dai·si·cal·ness, noun

Synonyms for lackadaisical

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Related Words for lackadaisically

indifferently, carelessly, coolly, informally, offhandedly, reservedly

Examples from the Web for lackadaisically

Historical Examples of lackadaisically

  • But everything had not gone well, and he found it very difficult to carry himself otherwise than lackadaisically.


British Dictionary definitions for lackadaisically

lackadaisical

adjective

lacking vitality and purpose
lazy or idle, esp in a dreamy way
Derived Formslackadaisically, adverblackadaisicalness, noun

Word Origin for lackadaisical

C18: from earlier lackadaisy, extended form of lackaday
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Word Origin and History for lackadaisically

lackadaisical

adj.

1768 (Sterne), from interjection lackadaisy "alas, alack" (1748), an alteration of lack-a-day (1690s), from alack the day (1590s). Hence, "given to crying 'lack-a-day,' vapidly sentimental." Sense probably altered by influence of lax. Related: Lackadaisically.

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