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[ley-zee] /ˈleɪ zi/
adjective, lazier, laziest.
averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
causing idleness or indolence:
a hot, lazy afternoon.
slow-moving; sluggish:
a lazy stream.
(of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
verb (used without object), lazied, lazying.
to laze.
Origin of lazy
1540-50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related forms
lazily, adverb
laziness, noun
lazyish, adjective
1. slothful. See idle. 3. inert, inactive, torpid.
1. industrious. 3. quick. Unabridged
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  • It is easier—at least it is lazier—to provide many things than to prepare much.

    Picture-Work Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey
  • Queer, isn't it, that the lazier a man gets the more he wants to work somebody else.

  • The whole school smiled,207 for there was no lazier boy than this same Riley.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • We are too secure; no predatory creature can harm us, and we cultivate the lordlier and lazier vices.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • Some wag once said: "All men are lazy, but some are lazier than others."

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • I never fancied there was a lazy streak in me, but I'm getting lazier and lazier every day.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • For there never was a lazier or worse servant than I am, or one that grumbles more at doing a day's work for his master.

  • To hit the near leader is a little more difficult, and a good reason, by the way, for putting the lazier leader on the off side.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • No doubt there are lazier creatures than the typical Mexican; for all intents and purposes, however, he is lazy enough.

    Saddle and Mocassin Francis Francis Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for lazier


adjective lazier, laziest
not inclined to work or exertion
conducive to or causing indolence
moving in a languid or sluggish manner: a lazy river
(of a brand letter or mark on livestock) shown as lying on its side
Derived Forms
lazily, adverb
laziness, noun
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lazier



1540s, laysy, of unknown origin. Replaced native slack, slothful, and idle as the main word expressing the notion of "averse to work." In 19c. thought to be from lay (v.) as tipsy from tip. Skeat is responsible for the prevailing modern view that it probably comes from Low German, cf. Middle Low German laisch "weak, feeble, tired," modern Low German läösig, early modern Dutch leuzig, all of which may go back to the PIE root *(s)leg- "slack." According to Weekley, the -z- sound disqualifies a connection with French lassé "tired" or German lassig "lazy, weary, tired." A supposed dialectal meaning "naught, bad," if it is the original sense, may tie the word to Old Norse lasenn "dilapidated," lasmøyrr "decrepit, fragile," root of Icelandic las-furða "ailing," las-leiki "ailment." Lazy Susan is from 1917.

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