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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.
verb (used without object), la·zied, la·zy·ing.
  1. to laze.

Origin of lazy

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

Synonyms for lazy

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

Antonyms for lazy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for lazying

Historical Examples of lazying

  • Creagh sprang to his feet from the chair in which he had been lazying.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • His head felt heavy and kind of funny, but he didn't think that lazying around on the pier would be harmful.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • And see what I've made thee while thou'st been lazying in bed—a real English ship of war.

    Harding's luck

    E. [Edith] Nesbit

  • So we would put in the day, lazying around, listening to the stillness.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • And lazying thus in the sunshine, I cast my mind over many things, but particularly I thought of Hugh.

    A Tatter of Scarlet

    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for lazying


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
Derived Formslazily, adverblaziness, noun

Word Origin for lazy

C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lazying



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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