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sloth Line breaks: sloth
Pronunciation: /sləʊθ/

Definition of sloth in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] Reluctance 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.
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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).
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.
3 rare A group of bears: the pair had been attacked by a sloth of bears
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  • Where food is plentiful, like at a salmon stream, you will often see a sloth of bears.
  • "Isn't thirteen a large number for a sloth of bears?" "It certainly is," the hunter answered, "six is as many as I ever saw together."
  • The food that bears eat is not often found in large quantities and would not be enough to feed a group, or sloth, of bears.

Origin

Old English: from slow + -th2.

Words that rhyme with sloth

both, growth, loath, oath, quoth, Thoth, troth

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