Attested since 1540, origin uncertain. Probably from Low German and Middle Low German lasich (“slack, feeble, lazy”), from las, from Proto-Germanic *lasiwaz, *laskaz (“feeble, weak”), from Proto-Indo-European *las- (“weak”).
- Unwilling to do work or make an effort; disinclined to exertion.
- Get out of bed, you lazy lout!
- 1610, Alexander Cooke, Pope Joane, in William Oldys, editor, The Harleian Miscellany: or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and Entertaining Pamphlets and Tracts, as well in Manuscript as in Print, Found in the Late Earl of Oxford's Library: Interspersed with Historical, Political, and Critical Notes: With a Table of the Contents, and an Alphabetical Index, volume IV, London: Printed for T[homas] Osborne, in Gray's-Inn, 1744, OCLC 5325177; republished as John Maltham, editor, The Harleian Miscellany; or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and Entertaining Pamphlets and Tracts, as well in Manuscript as in Print, Found in the Late Earl of Oxford's Library, Interspersed with Historical, Political, and Critical Notes, volume IV, London: Printed for R. Dutton, 1808–1811, OCLC 30776079, page 95:
- If there bee any lasie fellow, any that cannot away with worke, any that would wallow in pleasures, hee is hastie to be priested. And when hee is made one, and has gotten a benefice, he consorts with his neighbour priests, who are altogether given to pleasures; and then both hee, and they, live, not like Christians, but like epicures; drinking, eating, feasting, and revelling, till the cow come home, as the saying is.
- Causing or characterised by idleness; relaxed or leisurely.
- I love staying inside and reading on a lazy Sunday.
- Showing a lack of effort or care.
- lazy writing
- Sluggish; slow-moving.
- We strolled along beside a lazy stream.
- (of a cattle brand) Turned so that (the letter) is horizontal instead of vertical.
- Coordinate term: flying
- 2010, The Trail Drivers of Texas:
- There was probably more cattle bearing the Lazy S brand marketed than those of any other ranch in the world.
- 2002, American Cowboy, volume 9, number 3, page 60:
- The Zuliagas branded a Lazy B. In order to distinguish his cows from theirs for the drive back to Arizona, Mr. Day added a britchen brand across their butts, under their tails.
- (computing theory) Employing lazy evaluation; not calculating results until they are immediately required.
- a lazy algorithm
- (UK, obsolete or dialect) Wicked; vicious.
- 1641, Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd:
- The swilland dropsy enter in
The lazy cuke , and swell his skin
- lazy 8
- lazy as Ludlam's dog
- lazy ass
- lazy bed
- lazy bones
- lazy daisy
- lazy dog
- lazy dog bomb
- lazy eight
- lazy evaluation
- lazy eye
- lazy initialisation
- lazy initialization
- lazy jack
- lazy jacks
- lazy Kate
- lazy Laurence
- lazy Lawrence
- lazy load
- lazy man's load
- lazy painter
- lazy pierogi
- lazy pinion
- lazy river
- lazy S
- lazy Susan
- lazy susan
- lazy susans
- lazy tongs
- the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
- lazy person
- lazy man
- lazy woman
- lazy bastard
- lazy morning
- lazy day
- lazy time
- lazy way
- (informal) To laze, act in a lazy manner.
- 1884 December 10, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], “[HTTPS://ARCHIVE.ORG/DETAILS/ADVENTURESHUCKLE00TWAIIALA CHAPTER 21]”, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) […], London: Chatto & Windus, […], →OCLC:
- You’d see a muddy sow and a litter of pigs come lazying along the street and whollop herself right down in the way, where folks had to walk around her […]
lazy (plural lazies)
- A lazy person.
- 1898, Jason E. Hammond, “Work and Reward” in Suggestive Programs for Special Day Exercises, Lansing, Michigan: Department of Public Instruction for District Schools, p. ,
- The dudes and noodles, cads and snobs, had better move away,
- This busy land can’t spare the room for lazies, such as they,
- To foreign climate let them go and there forever stay.
- Ours is a land for busy workers.
- 2016 May 11, Marta Bausells, Eleni Stefanou, “Meet the Greek writers revolutionising poetry in the age of austerity”, in The Guardian:
- Which myth of the Greek crisis would you like to debunk? — That the Greeks are a nation of lazies on a permanent vacation; that austerity measures, as they were implemented, were proportionally distributed or worth the sacrifice.
- (obsolete) Sloth (animal).
- 1716, Thomas Browne, edited by Samuel Johnson, Christian Morals, 2nd edition, London: J. Payne, published 1756, pages 49–50:
- To strenuous minds there is an inquietude in overquietness, and no laboriousness in labour; and to tread a mile after the slow pace of a snail, or the heavy measures of the lazy of Brazilia, were a most tiring pennance, and worse than a race of some furlongs at the Olympicks.