Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Habitual laziness; sloth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being indolent.
  • noun Freedom from pain, grief, care, or trouble.
  • noun Love of ease; indisposition to labor; avoidance of exertion of mind or body; idleness; laziness.
  • noun Synonyms Sloth, slothfulness, inertness, sluggishness. See idle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Freedom from that which pains, or harasses, as toil, care, grief, etc.
  • noun The quality or condition of being indolent; inaction, or lack of exertion of body or mind, proceeding from love of ease or aversion to toil; habitual idleness; indisposition to labor; laziness; sloth; inactivity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Habitual laziness or sloth.

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

  • noun inactivity resulting from a dislike of work

Etymologies

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First attested 1603, from French indolence, insensitivity to pain, from Latin indolentia, insensibility, from in- not + dolere to grieve. Sense of laziness, first attested 1710, is related to taking pains.

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  • "With an agile and intensely active brain few writers have combined a greater disposition to extreme bodily indolence"

    Source: The times Literary supplement

    January 22, 2018