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

  • n. A slothful person; an idler.
  • adj. Lazy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is lazy, stupid, or idle by habit.
  • n. A person slow to begin necessary work, a slothful person.
  • n. A fearful or cowardly person, a poltroon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sluggish; lazy.
  • n. A person habitually lazy, idle, and inactive; a drone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person habitually lazy, idle, and slow; a drone.
  • Sluggish; lazy; characteristic of a sluggard.

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

  • n. an idle slothful person

Etymologies

Middle English sluggart, probably from sluggi, lazy, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
    Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
    Provideth her provisions in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
    How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?"
    - Proverbs 6, Webster's Bible Translation.

    November 8, 2008

  • 'T is the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, “You have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.�? 1737 WATTS: The Sluggard.

    February 27, 2008