adjective, la·zi·er, la·zi·est.

averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon.
slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.
(of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.

verb (used without object), la·zied, la·zy·ing.

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. 2019

Related Words for lazily

nonchalantly, slowly, leisurely, idly, slackly

Examples from the Web for lazily

Contemporary Examples of lazily

  • We raced so fast that our rifles dropped out of our shoulders and lazily down to our sides.

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    Elliot Ackerman

    November 16, 2014

  • We were lazily watching Lost in Space, a show made in the 1960s about missing astronauts; there was nothing else on.

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    Fatima Bhutto

    October 1, 2010

Historical Examples of lazily

  • Men were lazily coming and going through a door that led into the baths.

  • You shall not wait a moment,' returned his friend, as he lazily crossed his legs.

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    Charles Dickens

  • Albert's mind was lazily drifting in search of the pleasing combination.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • “Oh, there are exceptions to that rule,” said Kate lazily, with a yawn.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • George Lee, with a smile on his boyish face, lazily moved his head.

British Dictionary definitions for lazily


adjective lazier or laziest

not inclined to work or exertion
conducive to or causing indolence
moving in a languid or sluggish mannera lazy river
(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 lazily

1580s, from lazy + -ly (2).



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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