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[leyz] /leɪz/
verb (used without object), lazed, lazing.
to idle or lounge lazily (often followed by around):
I was too tired to do anything but laze around this weekend.
verb (used with object), lazed, lazing.
to pass (time, life, etc.) lazily (usually followed by away).
a period of ease or indolence:
a quiet laze in the hammock.
Origin of laze
1585-95; back formation from lazy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for laze
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  • Sunshine-and-shadow time for birds to sing by; sunshine-and-shadow time for mortals to laze and dream by.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • It was delightful to laze in the sunshine, to feel at peace with all the world.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • It is possible these hooks may be pegs to prevent the shifting of the laze rods.

  • Say that I begged you to leave Oxford, that I want you to laze the rest of your life away.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • I had only hoped to get a few private gardens of some of my friends to laze and pose over, but this is startling.

    The Tinder-Box Maria Thompson Daviess
  • There was a general inclination to “laze” 103 about the camp and read, or take naps after that heavy breakfast.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • So I left Bindley to laze in peace and took my way down to the beach.

    A Veldt Vendetta Bertram Mitford
  • I feel more inclined to lie on the lawn and laze than go climbing hills again.

  • I suppose you think my brain is getting muddled, but it would go altogether if I tried to do nothing but laze about.

    Tom and Some Other Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • It was a land to laze in, to do nothing in haste; only the wind stirred it up to a semblance of passion.

    A Leisurely Tour in England James John Hissey
British Dictionary definitions for laze


(intransitive) to be indolent or lazy
(transitive) often foll by away. to spend (time) in indolence
the act or an instance of idling
Word Origin
C16: back formation from lazy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laze

1590s, back-formation from lazy. Related: Lazed; lazing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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