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Origin of sluggard
Examples from the Web for sluggard
These Maruts stir up even the sluggard, even the vagrant, as the gods pleased.Sacred Books of the East|Various
Do you see that sluggard, wasting this beautiful day in a lazy brouette?
He sleeps, but it is only in due time and measure, and is not to be confounded with the sluggard's slumbers.Talks To Farmers|Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I will not, like a sluggard, wear out my youth in idleness at home.Tales from Shakespeare|Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
He, being no sluggard, had built a house for himself, to which he at once took his bride.The Settlers|William H. G. Kingston
Word Origin for sluggard
late 14c., late 13c. as a surname, "habitually lazy person," from Middle English sluggi "sluggish, indolent," probably from a Scandinavian word; cf. dialectal Norwegian slugga "be sluggish," dialectal Norwegian sluggje "heavy, slow person," dialectal Swedish slogga "to be slow or sluggish." Adjective sluggy is attested in English from early 13c.
'Tis the voice of a sluggard -- I heard him complain:
"You have wak'd me too soon, I must slumber again."
[Isaac Watts, 1674-1748]
'Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
"You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
["Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson), 1832-1898]
As an adjective meaning "sluggish, lazy" from 1590s. Related: Sluggardly.