sloth

[slawth or especially for 2, slohth]
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:
1125–75; Middle English slowth (see slow, -th1); replacing Old English slǣwth, derivative of slǣw, variant of slāw slow


1. shiftlessness, idleness, slackness.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sloths
Collins
World English Dictionary
sloth (sləʊθ)
 
n
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
 
[Old English slǣwth; from slǣw, variant of slāwslow]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

sloth
c.1175, "indolence, sluggishness," formed from M.E. slou, slowe (see slow); replacing O.E. slæwð. Sense of "slowness, tardiness" is from c.1380. As one of the deadly sins, it translates L. accidia. The slow-moving mammal first so called 1613, a translation of Port.
preguiça, from L. pigritia "laziness" (cf. Sp. perezosa "slothful," also "the sloth").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences for sloths
Sloths travel slowly along branches rather than swinging energetically.
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature