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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.
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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Examples for lazily
  • If you're planning a visit in summer, lazily catch the views from a rafting trip.
  • More faux palms, woven into fans, rotate lazily overhead.
  • Home brew fuel ethanol produced lazily with a solar still is an easy vehicle fuel, especially for warm weather.
  • After the walk across the open park, it was pleasant to saunter lazily through the cool glades.
  • He awoke laughing and his eyes lazily roamed his surroundings, evidently a bedroom and bath in a good hotel.
  • Paper wrappers that once held candy and fast food float lazily by on an oil slick, along with a half-submerged tire.
  • Trickling creeks poured lazily through pools that mirrored the sky and gurgled down stair-step waterfalls.
  • It's done in fluid motions as the boat circles lazily in the water.
  • Outside, a parachutist drifts overheard, dangling lazily in the late afternoon sun.
  • We stood by the window and watched a small plane circle lazily over the rooftops.
British Dictionary definitions for lazily


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 lazily
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 Ger., cf. M.L.G. laisch "weak, feeble, tired," modern Low Ger. läösig, early modern Du. leuzig, all of which may go back to the PIE root *(s)leg- "slack." According to Weekley, the -z- sound disqualifies a connection with Fr. lassé "tired" or Ger. lassig "lazy, weary, tired." A supposed dialectal meaning "naught, bad," if it is the original sense, may tie the word to O.N. lasenn "dilapidated," lasmøyrr "decrepit, fragile," root of Icelandic las-furða "ailing," las-leiki "ailment." Lazybones is first attested 1590s. Lazy Susan is from 1917.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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