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leisurely

[lee-zher-lee, lezh-er-]
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adjective
  1. acting, proceeding, or done without haste; unhurried; deliberate: a leisurely conversation.
  2. showing or suggesting ample leisure; unhurried: a leisurely manner.
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adverb
  1. in a leisurely manner; without haste: to travel leisurely.
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Origin of leisurely

1480–90; earlier laiserly (adv.). See leisure, -ly
Related formslei·sure·li·ness, lei·sure·ness, nounun·lei·sure·ly, adjective

Synonym study

1. See slow.
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Related Words for leisurely

lazy, languid, relaxed, gentle, laid-back, restful, lazily, languidly, sluggishly, comfortable, delayed, deliberate, dilatory, easy, free, laggard, lax, slack, slow, slackened

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Contemporary Examples of leisurely

Historical Examples of leisurely

  • The cabman went on with his leisurely preparations as if Stevie had not existed.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • They were leisurely enough for Mr Verloc to recognise the limb and the weapon.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • We had come, leisurely, by river, and were sightseeing every moment.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • It was a part of her leisurely and generous scheme of life to live and let live.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Leisurely, they walked up the slope skirting the garden wall.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler


British Dictionary definitions for leisurely

leisurely

adjective
  1. unhurried; relaxed
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adverb
  1. without haste; in a relaxed way
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Derived Formsleisureliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leisurely

adj.

c.1600, from leisure (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb, with -ly (2), from late 15c. Related: Leisureliness.

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