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.

Nearby words

  1. lazuli,
  2. lazuline,
  3. lazulite,
  4. lazulitic,
  5. lazurite,
  6. lazy bed,
  7. lazy daisy stitch,
  8. lazy eye,
  9. lazy guy,
  10. lazy susan

Origin of lazy

1540–50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle

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

Related formsla·zi·ly, adverbla·zi·ness, nounla·zy·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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