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leisurely

[lee-zher-lee, lezh-er-] /ˈli ʒər li, ˈlɛʒ ər-/
adjective
1.
acting, proceeding, or done without haste; unhurried; deliberate:
a leisurely conversation.
2.
showing or suggesting ample leisure; unhurried:
a leisurely manner.
adverb
3.
in a leisurely manner; without haste:
to travel leisurely.
Origin of leisurely
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier laiserly (adv.). See leisure, -ly
Related forms
leisureliness, leisureness, noun
unleisurely, adjective
Synonyms
1. See slow.
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  • I fancied you were coming after me in a most leisurely manner.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • All were strolling as leisurely and jauntily as only true plutocrats can afford to do.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He went on leisurely writing, until after a time a short, stout gentleman came in from the street.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • They themselves saw to it that it was leisurely, and by every device prolonged it.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • To us, to me, I assure you, it is like a cool breeze on a hot day to see you leisurely English people.

    The Relentless City Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for leisurely

leisurely

/ˈlɛʒəlɪ/
adjective
1.
unhurried; relaxed
adverb
2.
without haste; in a relaxed way
Derived Forms
leisureliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leisurely
adj.

c.1600, from leisure (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb, with -ly (2), from late 15c. Related: Leisureliness.

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