[ ley-zee ]
See synonyms for: lazylaziedlazierlazies on

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.

  1. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.

  2. (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

First recorded in 1540–50; compare Low German lasich “languid, idle”

synonym study For lazy

1. See idle.

Other words for lazy

Opposites for lazy

Other words from lazy

  • la·zi·ly, adverb
  • la·zi·ness, noun
  • la·zy·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lazy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lazy


/ (ˈleɪzɪ) /

adjectivelazier or laziest
  1. not inclined to work or exertion

  2. conducive to or causing indolence

  1. moving in a languid or sluggish manner: a lazy river

  2. (of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side

Origin of lazy

C16: origin uncertain

Derived forms of lazy

  • lazily, adverb
  • laziness, noun

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