See also: lažy




Attested since 1540, origin uncertain. Probably from Middle Low German lasich(slack, feeble, lazy),[1][2] from las, from Proto-Germanic *lasiwaz, *laskaz(feeble, weak), from Proto-Indo-European *las-(weak). Akin to Dutch leuzig "lazy", Old Norse lasinn "limpy, tired, weak", Old English lesu, lysu "false, evil, base". More at lush.

An alternate etymology traces lazy to Early Modern English laysy, a derivative of lay (plural lays + -y) in the same way that tipsy is derived from tip. See lay.



lazy ‎(comparative lazier, superlative laziest)

  1. Unwilling to do work or make an effort; disinclined to exertion.
    Get out of bed, you lazy lout!
  2. Causing idleness; relaxed or leisurely.
    I love staying inside and reading on a lazy Sunday.
  3. Sluggish; slow-moving.
    We strolled along beside a lazy stream.
  4. Lax:
    1. Droopy.
      a lazy-eared rabbit
    2. (optometry) Of an eye, squinting because of a weakness of the eye muscles.
  5. (of a cattle brand) Turned so that (the letter) is horizontal instead of vertical.
  6. (computing theory) Employing lazy evaluation; not calculating results until they are immediately required.
    a lazy algorithm
  7. (Britain, obsolete or dialect) Wicked; vicious.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

Usage notesEdit

  • Nouns to which "lazy" is often applied: person, man, woman, bastard, morning, day, time, way.


Derived termsEdit



lazy ‎(third-person singular simple present lazies, present participle lazying, simple past and past participle lazied)

  1. (informal) To laze, act in a lazy manner


  1. ^ lazy” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ lazy” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.