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lazy

[ley-zee] /ˈleɪ zi/
adjective, lazier, laziest.
1.
averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
2.
causing idleness or indolence:
a hot, lazy afternoon.
3.
slow-moving; sluggish:
a lazy stream.
4.
(of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
verb (used without object), lazied, lazying.
5.
to laze.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; compare Low German lasich languid, idle
Related forms
lazily, adverb
laziness, noun
lazyish, adjective
Synonyms
1. slothful. See idle. 3. inert, inactive, torpid.
Antonyms
1. industrious. 3. quick.
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Examples for laziness
  • No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
  • Somewhat of laziness was in the case, and somewhat too of modesty, but nothing of disrespect or of unthankfulness.
  • It does not differ appreciably from the problem of human laziness in any other shape or age.
  • Nor did the laziness which made him unwilling to sit down to his desk prevent him from giving instruction or entertainment orally.
  • Again, many of the recruiters refused to paint today's college student with the broad brush of laziness.
  • For the last, colleges are a perfect launching ground-they are built to reward the rich and to forgive them their laziness.
  • Poorly performing students might even learn a lesson from their laziness.
  • Its practicality has long been debated, especially given the presumed human penchant for both greed and laziness.
  • There is some combination of dishonesty and laziness among folks in my field- physics.
  • So, tenure is not the only system that can promote laziness and incompetence.
British Dictionary definitions for laziness

lazy

/ˈleɪzɪ/
adjective lazier, laziest
1.
not inclined to work or exertion
2.
conducive to or causing indolence
3.
moving in a languid or sluggish manner a lazy river
4.
(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 laziness
n.

1570s, from lazy + -ness.

lazy

adj.

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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