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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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  • "The evidence is very strong," she said, lazily settling her deshabille.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
  • “Oh, there are exceptions to that rule,” said Kate lazily, with a yawn.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • One felt that a giant had been at work all day, and was now stretching himself, not lazily, but a little relaxingly.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • George Lee, with a smile on his boyish face, lazily moved his head.

  • Mr. Crow was lazily twisting his meagre chin whiskers one morning soon after Rosalie's departure.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Zenobia laughed too, and, lazily turning the chair around, dropped into it.

  • Josh could not hold out after that any longer, but condescended to lazily turn and indifferently survey the approaching craft.

  • On the contrary, she seemed to be lazily effeminate in body and mind.

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

1580s, from lazy + -ly (2).



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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