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,, LLC, 1995–.
  2. ^ lazy”, in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.