Markworth thought himself shrewd; but here, in the race of wits, he found himself a sluggard.
No sluggard, be it known, can hope to catch grasshoppers with any degree of success.
The sluggard is pelted with the dung of oxen: and every one that toucheth him will shake his hands.
To begin the year by going to bed is a good beginning for a sluggard.
Indeed, the human saint as well as sluggard may "go to the ant" for many suggestive hints and commentaries.
He, being no sluggard, had built a house for himself, to which he at once took his bride.
Charley himself was no sluggard, but the forester's capacity for work simply amazed him.
The fans who watch the game of life despise the sluggard in the strife.
While he had stood there a dolt and sluggard, she had satisfied her curiosity and stolen away.
I knew him for a sluggard in the morning; but, as it drew on toward noon, I lost my patience.
late 14c., late 13c. as a surname, "habitually lazy person," from Middle English sluggi "sluggish, indolent," probably from a Scandinavian word; cf. dialectal Norwegian slugga "be sluggish," dialectal Norwegian sluggje "heavy, slow person," dialectal Swedish slogga "to be slow or sluggish." Adjective sluggy is attested in English from early 13c.
'Tis the voice of a sluggard -- I heard him complain:As an adjective meaning "sluggish, lazy" from 1590s. Related: Sluggardly.
"You have wak'd me too soon, I must slumber again."
[Isaac Watts, 1674-1748]
'Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
"You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
["Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson), 1832-1898]