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.

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

Historical Examples of laze

  • It was delightful to laze in the sunshine, to feel at peace with all the world.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • It is possible these hooks may be pegs to prevent the shifting of the laze rods.

  • For the present I have no time and no right to laze and enjoy myself.'

  • I have time to laze a little, and lie down all dressed on the bed, resting and thinking.


    Knut Hamsun

  • A few days stolen out of the year in which to laze, and be happy, and—drift!

    An Unknown Lover

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for laze



(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper