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lazy

[ ley-zee ]SEE DEFINITION OF lazy

Synonyms for lazy

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Antonyms for lazy

  • activated
  • active
  • attentive
  • careful
  • caring
  • concerned
  • energetic
  • fresh
  • interested
  • lively
  • vivacious
  • diligent
  • hard-working
  • industrious
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The industrious and thrifty would be at the mercy of the lazy and wicked.

The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.

There was no sparkle of any kind on the lazy stream of his life.

If you weren't too lazy to give orders, Pete, you'd have cold beer for a day like this.

I guess she thinks we're a lazy bunch, all right, when the old man's gone.

"You're across the dead line, m' son," said Stanley, with lazy significance.

"I think some one else was lazy also," said Constance, gently drawing the child to her.

At length Roden rose from his chair with slow, lazy movements.

You know you're giving the school a bad name by being so lazy.

Hit don't look no sech a thing—like you was shif'less an' lazy.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, laysy, of unknown origin. Replaced native slack, slothful, and idle as the main word expressing the notion of "averse to work." In 19c. thought to be from lay (v.) as tipsy from tip. Skeat is responsible for the prevailing modern view that it probably comes from Low German, cf. Middle Low German laisch "weak, feeble, tired," modern Low German läösig, early modern Dutch leuzig, all of which may go back to the PIE root *(s)leg- "slack." According to Weekley, the -z- sound disqualifies a connection with French lassé "tired" or German lassig "lazy, weary, tired." A supposed dialectal meaning "naught, bad," if it is the original sense, may tie the word to Old Norse lasenn "dilapidated," lasmøyrr "decrepit, fragile," root of Icelandic las-furða "ailing," las-leiki "ailment." Lazy Susan is from 1917.

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adjectiveunfeeling

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verbdelay; waste time
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