- 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.
- to laze.
Origin of lazy
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Examples from the Web for lazy
Cereal brings back memories of lazy mornings and easy extravagance, a time when worries were few and comfort was plenty.Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate
December 14, 2014
High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital By Will Doig Exorbitant rents, the rise of Brooklyn, lazy millennials.7 Must-Read Stories about Tim Cook, Amelia Earheart and Slut-o-Ween: The Best of The Beast
November 1, 2014
A lazy off-season afternoon in Palmer's house is like being trapped in a Rube Goldberg cartoon.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
And this time, the guy who ‘eats too much, is lazy, and loves to play music’ is taking his fight to the machines.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
You lethargic, unfocused, unstable, lazy, hazy, crazy time of year.Our Doomed Love Affair with Summer
P. J. O’Rourke
August 30, 2014
The industrious and thrifty would be at the mercy of the lazy and wicked.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
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
If you weren't too lazy to give orders, Pete, you'd have cold beer for a day like this.
I guess she thinks we're a lazy bunch, all right, when the old man's gone.
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.