verb (used without object), lazed, laz·ing.

to idle or lounge lazily (often followed by around): I was too tired to do anything but laze around this weekend.

verb (used with object), lazed, laz·ing.

to pass (time, life, etc.) lazily (usually followed by away).


a period of ease or indolence: a quiet laze in the hammock.

Origin of laze

First recorded in 1585–95; back formation from lazy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lazing

Historical Examples of lazing

  • If they felt like lazing, (as Pedro put it), they would laze.


    Allen Chaffee

  • "Still more perfect in here, lazing with Mummy," said graceless Roy.

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

  • I cannot say that either my brothers or I were ever much given to lazing in bed of a morning in Scotland itself.

  • Then the fisherman gets under the shadow of a gum-tree and enjoys a quiet life, reading or just lazing.

  • Lazing around in the waters of Plasmoid Creek for an hour or so every morning had turned out to be a helpful part of the process.


    James H Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for lazing



(intr) to be indolent or lazy
(tr often foll by away) to spend (time) in indolence


the act or an instance of idling

Word Origin for laze

C16: back formation from lazy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lazing



1590s, back-formation from lazy. Related: Lazed; lazing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper