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noun (usually used with a singular verb) Informal.
  1. a lazy person.
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Origin of lazybones

1580–90 lazy + bone + -s3
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  • Was this then the lazybones who had such dreadful headaches at the least bit of work?

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • "We were talking about Lazybones, Stuff," said Mrs. Bluehen.

    The Chickens of Fowl Farm

    Lena E. Barksdale

  • Here, wake up, lazybones, and eat your supper before it gets cold.

    Sybil Chase

    Ann S. Stephens

  • He don't want to find gold for the king any longer,—the lazybones!

    The Princess and Curdie

    George MacDonald

  • Come, my dear lazybones, come out and row me about the lake in your boat.

British Dictionary definitions for lazybones


  1. informal a lazy person
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Word Origin and History for lazybones


1590s, from lazy + plural of bone (n.).

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