[ sluhg-erd ]
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  1. a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.

  1. lazy; sluggardly.

Origin of sluggard

First recorded in 1350–1400, sluggard is from the Middle English word slogarde.See slug1, -ard

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How to use sluggard in a sentence

  • These Maruts stir up even the sluggard, even the vagrant, as the gods pleased.

  • They say that life among artists is rather swift, and I don't think your husband can be called a sluggard.

    Creditors; Pariah | August Strindberg
  • If you would know a sluggard in the things of heaven, compare him with one that is slothful in the things of this world.

    The Heavenly Footman | John Bunyan
  • Besides, she had never been so busy before in all her life, and Ruth Fielding was no sluggard.

  • The soul of the sluggard desireth and hath nothing; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

British Dictionary definitions for sluggard


/ (ˈslʌɡəd) /

  1. a person who is habitually indolent

  1. lazy

Origin of sluggard

C14 slogarde; related to slug 1

Derived forms of sluggard

  • sluggardly, adjective
  • sluggardliness, noun
  • sluggardness, noun

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