[ sluhg-erd-lee ]

  1. like or befitting a sluggard; slothful; lazy.

Origin of sluggardly

First recorded in 1860–65; sluggard + -ly

Other words from sluggardly

  • slug·gard·li·ness, noun

Words Nearby sluggardly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sluggardly in a sentence

  • The sluggardly inertness of that people passes all belief; entreaties, objurgations, curses, even bribes could not move them.

    A Day's Ride | Charles James Lever
  • But he had too much confidence in the sluggardly law to suppose anything of the kind.

    The Seven Curses of London | James Greenwood