[ leyz ]
/ leɪz /

verb (used without object), lazed, laz·ing.

to idle or lounge lazily (often followed by around): I was too tired to do anything but laze around this weekend.

verb (used with object), lazed, laz·ing.

to pass (time, life, etc.) lazily (usually followed by away).


a period of ease or indolence: a quiet laze in the hammock.

Nearby words

  1. lazarette,
  2. lazaretto,
  3. lazarist,
  4. lazarus,
  5. lazarus, emma,
  6. lazear,
  7. lazily,
  8. laziness,
  9. lazio,
  10. lazuli

Origin of laze

First recorded in 1585–95; back formation from lazy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for laze

British Dictionary definitions for laze


/ (leɪz) /


(intr) to be indolent or lazy
(tr often foll by away) to spend (time) in indolence


the act or an instance of idling

Word Origin for laze

C16: back formation from lazy

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Word Origin and History for laze



1590s, back-formation from lazy. Related: Lazed; lazing.

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