adjective, la·zi·er, la·zi·est.
  1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
  2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon.
  3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.
  4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
verb (used without object), la·zied, la·zy·ing.
  1. to laze.

Origin of lazy

1540–50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related formsla·zi·ly, adverbla·zi·ness, nounla·zy·ish, adjective

Synonyms for lazy

1. slothful. See idle. 3. inert, inactive, torpid.

Antonyms for lazy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for laziest

Contemporary Examples of laziest

Historical Examples of laziest

  • He laughed his laziest, and began leisurely to fill his pipe.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • I thought he was bad enough, but this is surely the laziest man alive.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

  • You're about the laziest set I ever had anything to do with.

  • You're about the laziest and most shiftless man I ever came across.

  • "You're the laziest fellow I ever did see, Dinsmore," he drawled.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for laziest


adjective lazier or laziest
  1. not inclined to work or exertion
  2. conducive to or causing indolence
  3. moving in a languid or sluggish mannera lazy river
  4. (of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side
Derived Formslazily, adverblaziness, noun

Word Origin for lazy

C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for laziest



1540s, laysy, of unknown origin. Replaced native slack, slothful, and idle as the main word expressing the notion of "averse to work." In 19c. thought to be from lay (v.) as tipsy from tip. Skeat is responsible for the prevailing modern view that it probably comes from Low German, cf. Middle Low German laisch "weak, feeble, tired," modern Low German läösig, early modern Dutch leuzig, all of which may go back to the PIE root *(s)leg- "slack." According to Weekley, the -z- sound disqualifies a connection with French lassé "tired" or German lassig "lazy, weary, tired." A supposed dialectal meaning "naught, bad," if it is the original sense, may tie the word to Old Norse lasenn "dilapidated," lasmøyrr "decrepit, fragile," root of Icelandic las-furða "ailing," las-leiki "ailment." Lazy Susan is from 1917.

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