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sloth

[slawth or especially for 2, slohth] /slɔθ or especially for 2, sloʊθ/
noun
1.
habitual disinclination to exertion; indolence; laziness.
2.
any of several slow-moving, arboreal, tropical American edentates of the family Bradypodidae, having a long, coarse, grayish-brown coat often of a greenish cast caused by algae, and long, hooklike claws used in gripping tree branches while hanging or moving along in a habitual upside-down position.
3.
a pack or group of bears.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English slowth (see slow, -th1); replacing Old English slǣwth, derivative of slǣw, variant of slāw slow
Synonyms
1. shiftlessness, idleness, slackness.
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  • sloths travel slowly along branches rather than swinging energetically.
British Dictionary definitions for sloths

sloth

/sləʊθ/
noun
1.
any of several shaggy-coated arboreal edentate mammals of the family Bradypodidae, esp Bradypus tridactylus (three-toed sloth or ai) or Choloepus didactylus (two-toed sloth or unau), of Central and South America. They are slow-moving, hanging upside down by their long arms and feeding on vegetation
2.
reluctance to work or exert oneself
Word Origin
Old English slǣwth; from slǣw, variant of slāwslow
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Word Origin and History for sloths

sloth

n.

late 12c., "indolence, sluggishness," formed from Middle English slou, slowe (see slow (adj.)) + abstract formative -th (2). Replaced Old English slæwð "sloth, indolence." Sense of "slowness, tardiness" is from mid-14c. As one of the deadly sins, it translates Latin accidia.

The slow-moving mammal first so called 1610s, a translation of Portuguese preguiça "slowness, slothfulness," from Latin pigritia "laziness" (cf. Spanish perezosa "slothful," also "the sloth").

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