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See also: laže, łażę, лазе, and лаже



Etymology 1[edit]

Back-formation from lazy.


laze (third-person singular simple present lazes, present participle lazing, simple past and past participle lazed)

  1. To be lazy, waste time.
    • 1599, Robert Greene, The Comicall Historie of Alphonsus, King of Aragon, London, Act III,[1]
      Behold by millions how thy men do fall
      Before Alphonsus like to sillie sheepe.
      And canst thou stand still lazing in this sort?
    • 1635, George Wither, A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, London: John Grismond, Illustration 36, Book 1,[2]
      And, lastly, such are they; that, having got
      Wealth, Knowledge, and those other Gifts, which may
      Advance the Publike-Good, yet, use them not;
      But Feede, and Sleepe, and laze their time away.
    • 1892, Israel Zangwill, Children of the Ghetto, being Pictures of a Peculiar People, Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, Volume 1, Chapter 13, p. 191,[3]
      But for this anachronism of keeping Saturday holy when you had Sunday also to laze on, Daniel felt a hundred higher careers would have been open to him.
    • 1982, Don DeLillo, The Names, New York: Vintage, 1989, Chapter 7, p. 160,[4]
      “I could easily fall into this,” I said. “Laze my way through life. Coffee here, wine there. You can channel significant things into the commonplace. Or you can avoid them completely.”
  2. To pass time relaxing; to relax, lounge.
    The cat spent the afternoon lazing in the sun.
Derived terms[edit]


laze (countable and uncountable, plural lazes)

  1. (countable) An instance of lazing.
    I had a laze on the beach after lunch.
  2. (uncountable) Laziness.
    The laze is real.

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of lava +‎ haze


laze (uncountable)

  1. Acidic steam created when super-hot lava contacts salt water.
    • 2010, Patricia Erfurt-Cooper, Malcolm Cooper, Volcano and Geothermal Tourism: Sustainable Geo-Resources for Leisure and Recreation:
      Moreover, dense laze plumes are known to contain as much as 10 to 15ppm of HCl (USGS, 2008).

See also[edit]





  1. nit

Further reading[edit]

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)