See also: lazy bones

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lazy +‎ bones

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lazybones (plural lazybones)

  1. (slang) A person who is lazy.
    • 1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], chapter 42, in Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC:
      The foremost traveller stopped and called impatiently to his companion. "Come on, can't yer? What a lazybones yer are, Charlotte."
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 168:
      His father thought that there was no doubt some more suitable work to be found for him, for he who should watch hares ought to be light and smart, and no lazybones, and when the hares began to run and fly about, there would be quite another dance than hanging about the house all day doing nothing.
    • 1989, The Bible (NRSV), Proverbs 6:9[1]:
      How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep?
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, chapter 16, in The Childhood of Jesus, Melbourne, Australia: The Text Publishing Company, page 145:
      Isn't it time you got up, you lazybones?

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