Definition of sloth in English:

sloth

Syllabification: sloth
Pronunciation: /slôTH, släTH, slōTH
 
/

noun

1Reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness: he should overcome his natural sloth and complacency
More example sentences
  • It seems to be intrinsic to domestic politics of every variety that a certain dismal downward trend emerges, characterized by sloth, despondency and complacency.
  • Once again the drawbacks to living a life of laziness and sloth became apparent.
  • Their lack of mathematical acumen is taken by parents and teachers as evidence of laziness, of sloth.
Synonyms
2A slow-moving tropical American mammal that hangs upside down from the branches of trees using its long limbs and hooked claws.
  • Families Bradypodidae (three species of three-toed sloth in genus Bradypus) and Megalonychidae (two species of two-toed sloth in genus Choloepus), order Xenarthra (or Edentata)
More example sentences
  • Peccaries, tapirs, anteaters, armadillos, sloths, coatis, and others are around but hard to see.
  • In South America, a group known as the Xenarthrans developed, today represented by the anteaters, sloths and armadillos.
  • Monkeys, tapirs, sloths, anteaters, and bats abound, all in an area the size of West Virginia.

Origin

Old English: from slow + -th2.

Definition of sloth in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day glee
Pronunciation: glē
noun
great delight