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[slawth-fuh l, slohth-] /ˈslɔθ fəl, ˈsloʊθ-/
sluggardly; indolent; lazy.
Origin of slothful
1350-1400; Middle English; see sloth, -ful
Related forms
slothfully, adverb
slothfulness, noun
sluggish; inactive, torpid, slack. See idle. Unabridged
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  • As a commander his promptness and vigour contrasted strongly with the slothfulness of General Howe.

  • It furnishes constant temptation to slothfulness and inactivity.

  • Make the cause of the innocent as it were your own; and suffer it not to miscarry through your slothfulness and neglect.

  • All that resulted was the renewal of slothfulness, prodigality, and killing.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • In this lesson the diligence of worldly men is employed to rebuke the slothfulness of Christians.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • When we do it to gratify our slothfulness, or to cover our wilful ignorance and disability.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • And afterwards they sat down to table, where Hircan failed not to laugh at the slothfulness of his wife.

  • slothfulness is condemned even by the feeblest of all the creatures.

    The Heavenly Footman John Bunyan
  • With all his slothfulness he was shrewd, and could drive a better bargain than many men twice as active in mind and body.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • In Thee is no carelessness, neglect, slothfulness, nor caprice.

    Westminster Sermons Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for slothfulness


Derived Forms
slothfully, adverb
slothfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slothfulness



c.1400, from sloth + -ful. Related: Slothfully; slothfulness. For the latter, Middle English also had sloth-head (c.1300), with Middle English -hede, cognate with -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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