Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unwilling to do work or make an effort.
  • adj. Requiring little or no effort.
  • adj. Relaxed or leisurely.
  • adj. Of an eye, squinting because of a weakness of the eye muscles.
  • adj. Turned so that the letter is horizontal instead of vertical.
  • adj. Employing lazy evaluation; not calculating results until they are immediately required.
  • adj. wicked; vicious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disinclined to action or exertion; averse to labor; idle; shirking work.
  • adj. Inactive; slothful; slow; sluggish.
  • adj. Wicked; vicious.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. moving slowly and gently
  • adj. disinclined to work or exertion

Etymologies

Probably of Low German origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

  • In repose now, he would not be simply lazy; he would be _being lazy_.

    A Poor Man's House

  • She turned her head to look at him, staring at the ceiling, his expression lazy and pleased.

    The Glory Game

  • The term lazy writing doesn't even do what I'm thinking justice because they really showed how much they've hacked this concept to bits.

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  • Transneft spokesman Igor Demin, referring to Navalny as a "fascist," says the figure of $4 billion comes from what he calls "lazy" journalism.

    Young Lawyer Leads Fight Against Corruption in Russia

  • ROBERTS: A top lawmaker is holding a hearing into what he calls lazy enforcement of aircraft inspections by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    CNN Transcript Apr 2, 2008

  • 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."

    Perspectives

  • Eddie Brock wanders into church at precise moment Peter casts off alien goo then you have what we call lazy-ass storytelling.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • "But, father," said Dolly, "I suppose, just because Sorrento is what you call a lazy place it is good for mother."

    The End of a Coil

  • 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.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Having become disillusioned and his word lazy, Phelps snapped out of his somnolence after rivals started to leave him in their wake.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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