- to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
- to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Origin of procrastinate
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Related Words for procrastinatorpoke, straggler, lag, slowpoke, loafer, idler, loiterer, lagger, dawdler, lounger, tarrier
Examples from the Web for procrastinator
Contemporary Examples of procrastinator
Freitag claims she was a good student, but a procrastinator: she would study for tests with an hour to go and ace them.Chopped? Amanda Freitag Hopes Not
February 4, 2014
Historical Examples of procrastinator
The procrastinator admits, for instance, that a piece of work must be done.Practical Ethics
William DeWitt Hyde
The procrastinator is the veriest drudge—he has his nose to the grindstone all the time.Nuggets of the New Thought
William Walker Atkinson,
He may have been a procrastinator in everything else, but as a writer he was a skilled mechanic.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
Then, to prevent the procrastinator from backing up, the salesman reached for the telephone on the advertiser's desk.Certain Success
Norval A. Hawkins
The procrastinator queries, "Cannot American man-power meet the demand?"Mobilizing Woman-Power
Harriot Stanton Blatch
- (usually intr) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
Word Origin for procrastinate
c.1600, agent noun in Latin form from procrastinate (v.).
1580s, a back formation from procrastination or else from Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare "to put off till tomorrow; defer, delay" (see procrastination). Related: Procrastinated; procrastinating. Earlier verb was procrastine (1540s), from French.