laziness

Definitions

  • Them tramps set there lookin' so sassy and lazy, nateral as life
    Them tramps set there lookin' so sassy and lazy, nateral as life
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laziness apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n laziness relaxed and easy activity "the laziness of the day helped her to relax"
    • n laziness inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Lazy Housemaids The Lazy Housemaids
GOOD-MORNING, TEACHER. HERE IS LAZY KATE GOOD-MORNING, TEACHER. HERE IS LAZY KATE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the english language
    • n Laziness The state or quality of being lazy. "Laziness travels so slowly, that Poverty soon overtakes him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Native Americans never actually ate turkey; killing such a timid bird was thought to indicate laziness.
    • n laziness The state or quality of being lazy; aversion or indisposition to action or exertion; indolence; sluggishness; habitual sloth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Laziness state or quality of being lazy
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Quotations

  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Make sure to send a lazy man the angel of death.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Blame is a lazy man's wages.”
  • William Cobbett
    William Cobbett
    “Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.”
  • J. Martin Kohe
    J. Martin Kohe
    “You can choose to be lazy or you can choose to be ambitious. Stop to think about it again. Don't you do your own choosing?”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Some men are so lazy they won't even feed themselves.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lasche—O. Fr. lasche (Fr. lâche), slack, weak, base—L. laxus, loose.

Usage

In literature:

So true is the proverb that lazy people often take most pains.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
At the K Bar T, or the Keystone, or the Slash Lazy D. It don't m-matter where.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But he's soft and he's lazy.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
People look healthy, but are extremely impudent and lazy.
"Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819" by Richard Lee Mason
At your office they say you're a lazy dog.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
But I've seen such lazy sand-foundered streams a mile wide and swift as sin.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
But I love her, even though she's lazy.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Gretel, your stocking is not done yet; and where are your brooms, you lazy Hans?
"Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades" by Florence Holbrook
Then the smith came out, and says he, 'It's a shame for a strong, big fellow like you to be lazy, and so much work to be done.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
With a good deal of pomposity and laziness, they mingle much filth and rascality.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
He's too lazy to paddle.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
I can't have Daniel learnin' laziness from that old mule!
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
He's Carter Wallace, of the Lazy Y at Willow Spring.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
I saw more turtles, and one we almost ran over, he was so lazy in getting down.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
You seem old enough to work; I am afraid you are inclined to be lazy.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Lazy, irresponsible, was no name for it!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Curiously enough, lazy as he was, the smallest matter interested him.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
And when they are in fear, although too lazy to work, they are never too lazy to run.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Overeating overworks the stomach, poisons the body, makes one feel lazy, and causes headache.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
She unfurls her huge, black fan with a lazy gesture, and then turns her large eyes full upon him.
"Portia" by Duchess
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In poetry:

Far down the reach a creeping mist
Hung dim along the mountain side;
On shadowed water, sleek and whist,
I let the lazy shallop glide.
"The Nepean" by John Le Gay Brereton
But, with his slouch and lazy leer,
Lo, came back he to-day:
With wheedling lips against mine ear
He tempted me to play
At tennis all the afternoon.
Work and resolve forgot so soon!
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
Solo. — Sin's rooster's crowed, Ole Mahster's riz,
De sleepin'-time is pas';
Wake up dem lazy Baptissis,
Chorus. — Dey's mightily in de grass, grass,
Dey's mightily in de grass.
"Uncle Jim's Baptist Revival Hymn" by Sidney Lanier
Oh, mony a lazy an' drucken young loon,
'Mang weavers, wha aye were the bulk o' oor toun,
Teuk the shillin', an' march'd wi' the sodgers awa'—
To fecht wi' auld Bony whaur mony did fa'.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
He knows you! "sportsmen" from suburban alleys,
Stretched under seaweed in the treacherous punt;
Knows every lazy, shiftless lout that sallies
Forth to waste powder— as he says, to "hunt."
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And stocks in the almswomen's garden were blown,
With rich Easter roses each side of the door;
The lazy white owls in the glade cool and lone
Paid calls on their cousins in the elm's chambered core.
"The Child's Grave" by Edmund Blunden

In news:

However you are looking to spend a lazy summer afternoon, there are no crowds and a whole lot of nice weather to enjoy.
Who hasn't spent a lazy weekend afternoon playing this iconic game, originally intended as a warning about the dangers of capitalism.
Readings with Michelle at Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast, 1-5pm, $15/15 min.
I think they were lazy and didn't do a very good job of planning for the future.
Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' is a lazy, trite comedy.
Lazy' audience, truncated set prompt Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to rock the house.
Twenty-Three Ways Your Laziness Is Costing You Money.
Your aging mom and dad (or your lazy friends from college) are in town, and it's time to show them the sights of Arizona.
The subterranean fires have subsided and the breeze no longer carries a sickly odor, but in the shadowed canyons of Wall Street and the lazy side streets of TriBeCa, the veneer of normalcy is not what it seems.
Lazy, soft and unimaginative .
Jennifer Lopez puts her hair back in a bun and has a lazy day out with boyfriend Casper Smart and her adorable twins Emme and Max for a day of fun at the park.
This weekend was the kind of weekend I long for: lazy and unproductive .
Lazy workers faked water meter readings.
Shelby Lynne sets her sultry voice to a lazy shuffle, purring, "I should drive off of the road/I'm in a war I cannot win," in an attempt to make sense of her mistakes.
So much for the lazy days of summer for some San Diego High School Students.
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In science:

For this experiment we have made use of Timbl (Daelemans et al., 1999), a software package implementing several memory-based learning (lazy learning) techniques.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
IGTree: Using trees for compression and classification in lazy learning algorithms.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
This leads to a sufficiently lazy style of unfolding strategy definitions.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
All Markov chains in this paper are lazy (∀i ∈ K : Pii ≥ 1 2 ); lazy chains are obviously aperiodic.
Vertex and edge expansion properties for rapid mixing
The lazy random walk on the line [k ] satisfies Φ(x) ≥ 1/(4k x).
Vertex and edge expansion properties for rapid mixing
We say that this random walk is lazy if for some constant δ > 0 we have Pvv ≥ δ for all v ∈ V (G).
Simple Permutations Mix Even Better
Theorem 5. ([10, Proposition 3]) If the random walk on G is lazy then τ (ǫ) = O (log(|V (G)|/ǫ) / gap(P )) .
Simple Permutations Mix Even Better
The DPM relies on a “lazy evaluation approach” (Johnsson 2004).
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Let Y = (Yt )∞t=0 be a simple random walk on Z4 , and let Z = (Zt )∞t=0 be a lazy random walk on Z4 .
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
The following large deviations result, known as Azuma’s Inequality, will be useful for deducing properties of the lazy random walk from properties of the simple random walk.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
Azuma’s Inequality and Lemma 2.1 lead to the following bounds for transition probabilities of the lazy random walk.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
To obtain the bound for the lazy random walk, we condition on the number Nt of steps s ≤ t such that Zs 6= Zs−1 .
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
Let Z = (Zt )∞t=0 be a lazy random walk on Z4 , coupled with X so that Xt ≡ Zt (mod n) for all t.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
Let Z ′ = (Z ′t )∞t=0 be another lazy random walk on Z4 started at 0, independent of Z , and let X ′ = (X ′t )∞t=0 be the corresponding random walk on Z4 n such that X ′t ≡ Z ′t (mod n) for all t.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
Lawler’s estimate was stated for simple random walks, rather than lazy random walks.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
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