Antonyms for lazy

Grammar : Adj
Spell : ley-zee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈleɪ zi

Definition of lazy

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.
  • adj inactive, sluggish
Example sentences :
  • The industrious and thrifty would be at the mercy of the lazy and wicked.
  • Extract from : « An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism » by Joseph Stump
  • The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • There was no sparkle of any kind on the lazy stream of his life.
  • Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
  • If you weren't too lazy to give orders, Pete, you'd have cold beer for a day like this.
  • Extract from : « Good Indian » by B. M. Bower
  • I guess she thinks we're a lazy bunch, all right, when the old man's gone.
  • Extract from : « Good Indian » by B. M. Bower
  • "You're across the dead line, m' son," said Stanley, with lazy significance.
  • Extract from : « Good Indian » by B. M. Bower
  • "I think some one else was lazy also," said Constance, gently drawing the child to her.
  • Extract from : « The Channings » by Mrs. Henry Wood
  • At length Roden rose from his chair with slow, lazy movements.
  • Extract from : « Roden's Corner » by Henry Seton Merriman
  • You know you're giving the school a bad name by being so lazy.
  • Extract from : « Frank Roscoe's Secret » by Allen Chapman
  • Hit don't look no sech a thing—like you was shif'less an' lazy.
  • Extract from : « Southern Lights and Shadows » by Various

Synonyms for lazy

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