adjective, la·zi·er, la·zi·est.
verb (used without object), la·zied, la·zy·ing.
- lazy bed,
- lazy daisy stitch,
- lazy eye,
- lazy guy,
- lazy susan
Origin of lazy
Examples from the Web for lazily
We raced so fast that our rifles dropped out of our shoulders and lazily down to our sides.
We were lazily watching Lost in Space, a show made in the 1960s about missing astronauts; there was nothing else on.
Then lazily reaching over toward Harold, he took him by the arm and drew him toward the counter.Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession|Benjamin Wood
"I am quite sure I have never threaded one yet," laughed Vera, lazily.Vera Nevill|Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
"Better try some with water to see how it mixes," said Saunders, lazily filling the glasses with a practiced hand.Sally Dows and Other Stories|Bret Harte
Marion said lazily, "I shouldn't have thought you need to think out that problem yet awhile."The Judge|Rebecca West
With Blunderbore, if they come at all, they merely spray us lazily.The Heather-Moon|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
adjective lazier or laziest
Word Origin for lazy
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.