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[lak-uh-dey-zi-kuh l] /ˌlæk əˈdeɪ zɪ kəl/
without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic:
a lackadaisical attempt.
lazy; indolent:
a lackadaisical fellow.
Origin of lackadaisical
1760-70; lackadais(y) (variant of lackaday) + -ical
Related forms
lackadaisically, adverb
lackadaisicalness, noun
2. slothful, unambitious, idle. Unabridged
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  • But that same lackadaisical guy is the star who talks openly about the burdens of being the breadwinner for two labels.
  • lackadaisical customer service, with erratic parts supplies, are only bad memories.
  • And with all but two performances ranging from lackadaisical to broad, so does the picture.
  • Many times, employees may be lackadaisical in their duties knowing their pay can't be affected.
  • Sometimes members slouch or are lackadaisical with discontented or faraway looks on their faces.
  • The members are so utterly weary of lackadaisical methods that they are look ing for a firm policy.
  • So long as my colleagues excuse such lackadaisical behavior, prompt abatement will never be achieved.
British Dictionary definitions for lackadaisical


lacking vitality and purpose
lazy or idle, esp in a dreamy way
Derived Forms
lackadaisically, adverb
lackadaisicalness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from earlier lackadaisy, extended form of lackaday
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Word Origin and History for lackadaisical

1768 (Sterne), from interjection lackadaisy "alas, alack" (1748), an alteration of lack-a-day (1690s), from alack the day (1590s). Hence, "given to crying 'lack-a-day,' vapidly sentimental." Sense probably altered by influence of lax. Related: Lackadaisically.

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