sluggard

Definitions

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    Study in Clay for 'The Sluggard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sluggard an idle slothful person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sluggard A person habitually lazy, idle, and inactive; a drone. "Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise."
    • a Sluggard Sluggish; lazy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sluggard A person habitually lazy, idle, and slow; a drone.
    • sluggard Sluggish; lazy; characteristic of a sluggard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sluggard one habitually idle or inactive
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Smart
    Elizabeth Smart
    “Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own.”
  • Isaac Watts
    Isaac Watts
    “'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “The sluggard does not plow after the season, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing. [Proverbs 20:4]”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Turn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes. Observe her labors, sluggard, and be wise.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Plough deep while sluggards sleep.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Slug, + -ard,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Dan. slug, sluk, drooping, Norw. sloka, to slouch; Low Ger. slukkern, to be loose; allied to slack.

Usage

In literature:

The girls pronounced him a coward, and Peder observed that to a coward, as well as a sluggard, there was ever a lion in the path.
"Feats on the Fiord" by Harriet Martineau
Get up, sluggard, get up!
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
For many years I was accustomed to look on Uncle James as a mere sluggard.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 22, 1914" by Various
Not otherwise that Might of Fire, no sluggard more than she, To win his art and handicraft from that soft bed arose.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
When I should have been awake, I was sleeping like a sluggard.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
You have been taking a walk this fine morning, while I lay like a sluggard, sleeping myself into a headache?
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
He is undaunted, and leaves the avoidance of danger to the sluggard and the slave.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He is undaunted, and leaves the avoidance of danger to the sluggard and the slave.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Go to the ants, thou sluggard; consider their ways, and be wise.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
The drunkard drunkennesse, the sluggard rest, Th' Ambitious honour and obeisance due.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
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In poetry:

He woke her every morn at two,
And having gained her ear,
In vivid colours AARON drew
The sluggard's grim career.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Tis only the brave that fortune finds,
'Tis only the good who win;
The sluggards' bulwarks are tumbled down,
And he falls in the gutters of sin.
"Who's Afraid" by Ella Fraser Weller
His father's friend would oft appear
And sound the promise in his ear;
Oft would he rouse him, "Sluggard, come!
This is thy Inn, and not thy home."
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
Down, down, down and down,
With idler, knave, and tyrant!
Why for sluggards cark and moil?
He that will not live by toil
Has no right on English soil!
God's word's our warrant!
"Alton Locke's Song" by Charles Kingsley
The voyager may rest awhile,
When rest invites, and yet may be
Neither a sluggard nor a craven.
With strength renewed he quits the isle,
And putting out again to sea,
Makes sail for his desired haven.
"Yet a Little Sleep" by Robert Fuller Murray
'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain,
"You have waked me too soon, I must slumber again."
As the door on its hinges, so he on his bed,
Turns his sides and his shoulders and his heavy head.
"The Sluggard" by Isaac Watts

In news:

The voice of the sluggard.
Now I feel like a sluggard again.
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard, and take this can of Raid with you.".
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