sloth

[slawth or especially for 2, slohth]
noun
1.
habitual disinclination to exertion; indolence; laziness.
2.
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.
3.
a pack or group of bears.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English slowth (see slow, -th1); replacing Old English slǣwth, derivative of slǣw, variant of slāw slow


1. shiftlessness, idleness, slackness.
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sloth (sləʊθ)
 
n
1.  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
2.  reluctance to work or exert oneself
 
[Old English slǣwth; from slǣw, variant of slāwslow]

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sloth
c.1175, "indolence, sluggishness," formed from M.E. slou, slowe (see slow); replacing O.E. slæwð. Sense of "slowness, tardiness" is from c.1380. As one of the deadly sins, it translates L. accidia. The slow-moving mammal first so called 1613, a translation of Port.
preguiça, from L. pigritia "laziness" (cf. Sp. perezosa "slothful," also "the sloth").
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Example sentences
The only real sin at play here is sloth--that is, the sloth of the pastry chefs who come up with these one-note menus.
Both are afflicted with a species of blindness, and intellectual sloth.
What makes the film so disappointing is not its errors of fact but the sullen sloth with which its episodes unfold.
Yet the filmmakers hold out the possibility of new life stirring under the domestic halter and the intellectual sloth.
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