American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resistant to work or exertion; disposed to idleness.
- adj. Slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy river.
- adj. Conducive to idleness or indolence: a lazy summer day.
- adj. Depicted as reclining or lying on its side. Used of a brand on livestock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disinclined to action or exertion; naturally or habitually slothful; sluggish; indolent; averse to labor.
- Characterized by or characteristic of idleness or sluggishness; languid; tardy; slow: as, a lazy yawn; lazy movements; a lazy stream.
- Synonyms Indolent, Inert, etc. (see idle); dilatory, slack.
- To act lazily; laze; move idly, listlessly, or reluctantly.
- To waste or spend idly.
- adj. Unwilling to do work or make an effort.
- adj. Requiring little or no effort.
- adj. Relaxed or leisurely.
- adj. optometry Of an eye, squinting because of a weakness of the eye muscles.
- adj. Turned so that the letter is horizontal instead of vertical.
- adj. computing theory Employing lazy evaluation; not calculating results until they are immediately required.
- adj. UK wicked; vicious
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Disinclined to action or exertion; averse to labor; idle; shirking work.
- adj. Inactive; slothful; slow; sluggish.
- adj. Obs. or Prov. Eng. Wicked; vicious.
- adj. moving slowly and gently
- adj. disinclined to work or exertion
- 1540, origin uncertain, but probably from Middle Low German lasich ("slack, feeble, lazy"), from las, from Proto-Germanic *lasiwaz, *laskaz (“feeble, weak”), from Proto-Indo-European *las- (“weak”). Akin to Dutch leuzig "lazy", Old Norse lasinn "limpy, tired, weak", Old English lesu, lysu "false, evil, base". More at lush. (Wiktionary)
- Probably of Low German origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In repose now, he would not be simply lazy; he would be _being lazy_.”
“She turned her head to look at him, staring at the ceiling, his expression lazy and pleased.”
“Transneft spokesman Igor Demin, referring to Navalny as a "fascist," says the figure of $4 billion comes from what he calls "lazy" journalism.”
“ROBERTS: A top lawmaker is holding a hearing into what he calls lazy enforcement of aircraft inspections by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
“London Mayor Ken Livingstone, saying he refuses to recognize George W. Bush as the lawful president of the United States "In Louisiana, we have a problem with Southern drawl and what I call lazy mouth.”
“Eddie Brock wanders into church at precise moment Peter casts off alien goo then you have what we call lazy-ass storytelling.”
“But, father," said Dolly, "I suppose, just because Sorrento is what you call a lazy place it is good for mother.”
“As someone disinclined to waste energy yes, feel free to insert the word lazy, the only thing to do is once again go to the files, dust off an old column from 2004 and run it yet again.”
“Having become disillusioned and his word lazy, Phelps snapped out of his somnolence after rivals started to leave him in their wake.”
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