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lazy

[ley-zee]
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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.
  3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.
  4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
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verb (used without object), la·zied, la·zy·ing.
  1. to laze.
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Origin of lazy

1540–50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related formsla·zi·ly, adverbla·zi·ness, nounla·zy·ish, adjective

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

1. industrious. 3. quick.
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Examples from the Web for lazy

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  • The industrious and thrifty would be at the mercy of the lazy and wicked.

  • The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • There was no sparkle of any kind on the lazy stream of his life.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • If you weren't too lazy to give orders, Pete, you'd have cold beer for a day like this.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • I guess she thinks we're a lazy bunch, all right, when the old man's gone.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for lazy

lazy

adjective lazier or laziest
  1. not inclined to work or exertion
  2. conducive to or causing indolence
  3. moving in a languid or sluggish mannera lazy river
  4. (of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side
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Derived Formslazily, adverblaziness, noun

Word Origin

C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lazy

adj.

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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