Definition of lazy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪzi/

adjective (lazier, laziest)

1Unwilling to work or use energy: he was too lazy to cook
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  • But my experience with talented people is that many are lazy and unwilling to work hard to nourish their talent.
  • I am a marketer's dream, with my lazy, paranoia-based brand loyalty.
  • Yet for some odd reason parent's seem to prefer that their kids be thought of as lazy rather than ignorant.
1.1Characterized by lack of effort or activity: they were enjoying a really lazy holiday
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  • Research has found that long, lazy summer holidays could be putting children's literacy skills at risk.
  • The languid, back-and-forth rhythm of a swaying swing slows time on a lazy summer day.
  • Every song on this disc is slow and lazy in that Jamaican summer vibe.
1.2Showing a lack of care: lazy writing
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  • Despite the constant snipings of columnists whose lazy writing is matched only by their conceit, he knows the winning line is in sight with Scotland and Ireland still very much in the hunt.
  • He may have spent a great portion of his life in a drug-addled state but he rarely penned a lazy line.
  • But this review is so rife with filler and inconsistencies itself that I wonder if it isn't just another instance of lazy writing.
1.3(Of a river) slow-moving: a lazy lowland river
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  • Plans for the 40,000 square-foot zone include a beachside wave pool, a wild water river, two splash flumes, a lazy river ride and spa and plunge pools.
  • But lazy river it was not as it yielded salmon to 14 lb caught on both fly and spinner and there was also wild brown trout and grayling to over 2lb.
  • We splashed under a symphony of 40 waterfalls and - my favourite - floated on a rubber tube along the quarter-mile lazy river ride.
2North American (Of a brand on livestock) placed on its side rather than upright.


Mid 16th century: perhaps related to Low German lasich 'languid, idle'.

Words that rhyme with lazy

Bel Paese, Buthelezi, crazy, daisy, Farnese, glazy, hazy, Maisie, mazy, oops-a-daisy, Piranesi, upsy-daisy, Veronese

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