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sloth

[ slawth or, especially for 2, slohth ]
/ slɔθ or, especially for 2, sloʊθ /
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noun
habitual disinclination to exertion; laziness; indolence: Indifference, negligence, and sloth have no place in the classroom.
any of several slow-moving, arboreal, tropical American edentates of the family Bradypodidae, having a long, coarse, grayish-brown coat often of a greenish cast caused by algae, and long, hooklike claws used in gripping tree branches while hanging or moving along in a habitual upside-down position.
a pack or group of bears.

OTHER WORDS FOR sloth

1 idleness, shiftlessness, slackness.

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Origin of sloth

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English slowth; replacing Old English slǣwth, derivative of slǣw, variant of slāw “slow”; see slow, -th1
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British Dictionary definitions for sloth

sloth
/ (sləʊθ) /

noun
any of several shaggy-coated arboreal edentate mammals of the family Bradypodidae, esp Bradypus tridactylus (three-toed sloth or ai) or Choloepus didactylus (two-toed sloth or unau), of Central and South America. They are slow-moving, hanging upside down by their long arms and feeding on vegetation
reluctance to work or exert oneself

Word Origin for sloth

Old English slǣwth; from slǣw, variant of slāw slow
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