[slawth-fuhl, slohth-]
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Origin of slothful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sloth, -ful
Related formssloth·ful·ly, adverbsloth·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for slothful


  1. indolent
Derived Formsslothfully, adverbslothfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slothful

c.1400, from sloth + -ful. Related: Slothfully; slothfulness. For the latter, Middle English also had sloth-head (c.1300), with Middle English -hede, cognate with -hood.

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