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"lazy" in British English

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lazyadjective

uk   /ˈleɪ.zi/ us   /ˈleɪ.zi/
A2 disapproving not willing to work or use any effort: Managers had complained that the workers were lazy and unreliable. Get out of bed, you lazy thing! He's too lazy to walk to work.
B2 approving slow and relaxed: We spent a lazy day on the beach sunbathing.

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lazily
adverb uk   /ˈleɪ.zəl.i/ us   /ˈleɪ.zəl.i/
Palm trees swayed lazily in the soft breeze.
laziness
noun [U] uk   /ˈleɪ.zi.nəs/ us   /ˈleɪ.zi.nəs/
B2 I could go to the gym - it's just laziness that stops me.
(Definition of lazy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lazy" in American English

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lazyadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /ˈleɪ·zi/
not willing or not wanting to work or use effort to do something: If you weren’t so lazy we could start fixing up the house.
If you describe an event or activity as lazy, you mean that it is slow and gentle, or does not involve much effort: a lazy breeze We spent a lazy afternoon sunbathing on the beach.
laziness
noun [U] /ˈleɪ·zi·nəs/
(Definition of lazy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lazy" in Business English

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lazyadjective

uk   /ˈleɪzi/ us  
not willing to work hard or make an effort: His line manager felt that he was brilliant but lazy.
(Definition of lazy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lazy”
in Korean 게으른…
in Arabic كَسول…
in Malaysian malas…
in French paresseux…
in Russian ленивый, беззаботный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 懶的,懶惰的, 悠閒的,舒緩的…
in Italian pigro…
in Turkish tembel, haylaz, ağır…
in Polish leniwy…
in Spanish vago, perezoso…
in Vietnamese lười nhác…
in Portuguese preguiçoso…
in Thai เกียจคร้าน…
in German faul…
in Catalan mandrós…
in Japanese 怠け者の, くつろいだ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 懒的,懒惰的, 悠闲的,舒缓的…
in Indonesian malas…
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“lazy” in British English

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