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Thursday, January 23, 2003

Definitions for lackadaisical

  1. without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt.
  2. lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow.

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Citations for lackadaisical
He had for a moment been very angry when his friend had told him that he could not sympathise with a lackadaisical lover. It was an ill-natured word. He felt it to be so when he heard it, and so he continued to think during the whole of the half-hour that he sat in that chair. Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington, 1864
"…She is but a poor lackadaisical creature, and it is my belief has no heart at all. It is only her pretty face which all you gentlemen admire so. Miss Grits, who has five thousand pounds and expectations besides, has twice as much character, and is a thousand times more agreeable to my taste…" William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848
Origin of lackadaisical
Lackadaisical stems from the archaic term lackadaisy, a variant of lackaday. These in turn came from an alteration of the phrase alack the day, an interjection used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.