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I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
Agatha Christie

Meaning of "laziness" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LAZINESS

laziness  [ˈleɪzɪnɪs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LAZINESS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Laziness is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LAZINESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

laziness

Laziness

Laziness is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so. It is often used as a pejorative; related terms for a person seen to be lazy include couch potato, slacker, and bludger. Despite Sigmund Freud's discussion of the pleasure principle, Leonard Carmichael notes that "laziness is not a word that appears in the table of contents of most technical books on psychology... It is a guilty secret of modern psychology that more is understood about the motivation of thirsty rats and hungry pecking pigeons as they press levers or hit targets than is known about the way in which poets make themselves write poems or scientists force themselves into the laboratory when the good golfing days of spring arrive." A 1931 survey found that high school students were more likely to attribute their failing performance to laziness, while teachers ranked "lack of ability" as the major cause, with laziness coming in second.

Definition of laziness in the English dictionary

The definition of laziness in the dictionary is idleness.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LAZINESS


clumsiness
ˈklʌmzɪnɪs
cosiness
ˈkəʊzɪnɪs
craziness
ˈkreɪzɪnɪs
dizziness
ˈdɪzɪnɪs
doziness
ˈdəʊzɪnɪs
drowsiness
ˈdraʊzɪnɪs
easiness
ˈiːzɪnɪs
flimsiness
ˈflɪmzɪnɪs
haziness
ˈheɪzɪnɪs
lousiness
ˈlaʊzɪnɪs
newsiness
ˈnjuːzɪnɪs
noisiness
ˈnɔɪzɪnɪs
nosiness
ˈnəʊzɪnɪs
queasiness
ˈkwiːzɪnɪs
rosiness
ˈrɒzɪnɪs
siziness
ˈsaɪzɪnɪs
sleaziness
ˈsliːzɪnɪs
uneasiness
ʌnˈiːzɪnɪs
wheeziness
ˈwiːzɪnɪs
wooziness
ˈwuːzɪnɪs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LAZINESS

lazar-like
lazaret
lazarette
lazaretto
Lazarist
Lazarus
laze
lazier
laziest
lazily
Lazio
lazuli
lazulite
lazurite
lazy
lazy bed
lazy daisy stitch
lazy eye
lazy Susan
lazy tongs

WORDS THAT END LIKE LAZINESS

agribusiness
big business
bulkiness
business
cleanliness
cleanliness is next to godliness
comeliness
do the business
e-business
emptiness
family business
fitness
friendliness
happiness
holiness
loneliness
loveliness
readiness
show business
timeliness
trustworthiness

Synonyms and antonyms of laziness in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LAZINESS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «laziness» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of laziness

Translation of «laziness» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LAZINESS

Find out the translation of laziness to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of laziness from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «laziness» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

懒惰
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

la pereza
570 millions of speakers

English

laziness
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आलस्य
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الكسل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

лень
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

preguiça
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আলস্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

paresse
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kemalasan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Faulheit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

怠惰
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

게으름
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kandhutan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

biếng nhác
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சோம்பேறித்தனம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आळस
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tembellik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pigrizia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

lenistwo
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

лінь
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lene
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

τεμπελιά
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

luiheid
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lättja
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

latskap
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of laziness

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LAZINESS»

The term «laziness» is quite widely used and occupies the 36.364 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LAZINESS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about laziness

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10 QUOTES WITH «LAZINESS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word laziness.
1
Roger Ailes
There is a - deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there's a laziness in me.
2
Kingsley Amis
Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.
3
Walter Annenberg
When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom.
4
Jerome Bruner
The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion - these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.
5
Octavia E. Butler
I'm comfortably asocial - a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive.
6
John Bytheway
Curiosity, rationalization, and laziness are no match against courage, self-control, and mental toughness.
7
Miguel de Cervantes
Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
8
Agatha Christie
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
9
Douglas Coupland
There's much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because numbness encourages laziness, you do fewer things, good or bad, and the world's probably a better place for it.
10
John Dobbin
In reality, everyone is good in bed. Close eyes. Shutdown brain. Pause as necessary. Restart brain. Open eyes. What's there to not be good at? Bed is the one place where laziness is rewarded.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LAZINESS»

Discover the use of laziness in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to laziness and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Myth Of Laziness: How Kids - and Parents - Can Become ...
In this book Dr Levine draws heavily on his years of clinical experience to construct the stories of representative children and adults who failed to be productive for the most common reasons.
Mel Levine, 2012
2
Hello Laziness
The woman was Corinne Maier and she had dared to voice the unspeakable - we go to work not because we love it, not because we love organising childcare, and cramming on the Tube for 45 minutes, but because we have to.
Corinne Maier, 2006
3
The Joy of Laziness: Why Life is Better Slower-and how to ...
Citing the scientifically recognized Metabolic Theory, the book explains how being ?lazy” ? being calm, eating temperately, reducing or avoiding sports, exercising moderately, and limiting ambition ? can boost the immune system and ...
Peter Axt, Michaela Axt-Gadermann, 2003
4
The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the ...
Fleshing out Enlightenment thinking in the works of Denis Diderot, Joseph Joubert, Pierre de Marivaux, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Siméon Chardin, this book explores idleness in all its guises, and illustrates that laziness existed, ...
Pierre Saint-Amand, 2011
5
Homer Simpson's Little Book of Laziness
From tips on how to avoid working at work to Homer's suitably slapdash design for his "Lazy House of the Future," this ode to the joys of sloth shows a true American idle at his lazy best.Also covering Homer's lackadaisical take on classic ...
Matt Groening, 2013
6
Bonjour Laziness: Why Hard Work Doesn't Pay
It shows you how to become impervious to manipulation and escape the implacable law of usefulness. In short, this book explains why it is in your best interest to work as little as possible. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Corinne Maier, 2007
7
The Germ of Laziness: Rockefeller Philanthropy and Public ...
This book chronicles the formation and five-year history of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission for the Eradication of Hookworm Disease and its fight against the debilitating parasite, the germ of laziness, that, by the early years of the ...
John Ettling, 2000
8
Leverage Your Laziness: How to Do What You Love, All the Time!
"Steve and I wrote this book because of our inherent desire to share the "Lazy" philosophy with the world. Most people spend their days working at jobs and tasks they hate, or aren't very good at.
Steve Bookbinder, Jeff Goldberg, 2013
9
Laziness in the Fertile Valley
Albert Cossery. ing fallen behind the times, Egypt, and the greater Arab world, was at last awakening— or must awake—from its long slumber into modernity. It was this obsession with the awakening that Tawfiq al-Hakim, a writer Cossery ...
Albert Cossery, 2013
10
Industry and Laziness, Tr by J King
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.
Franz Hoffmann, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LAZINESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term laziness is used in the context of the following news items.
1
A dreamy trip to Greece meets reality - Opinion - Haaretz Daily …
Attempts to position an economy using hollow slogans is indicative of intellectual laziness. The writer is a Zionist Union Knesset member. «Haaretz, Jul 15»
2
Respect plea to cemetery visitors after cars park too close to graves …
It's just laziness in my opinion and an awful show of selfishness. "It was less like a cemetery and more like a supermarket car park on a ... «Leicester Mercury, Jul 15»
3
Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Edin Dzeko and Nacho Monreal …
He goes through periods of relative ineffectiveness and has often been accused of displaying laziness. If he isn't in the mood, he can often ... «Bleacher Report, Jul 15»
4
Jane Bowron: Puffer jackets the accepted uniform of New Zealand …
... cognitive dissonance calibrated down to cognitive asinine-ance aka dismal lack of concentration, general stupidity and sheer brain laziness. «The Press, Jul 15»
5
Eid is not Eid, and Ramadan is not Ramadan - İlnur Çevik - Daily …
Yet Ramadan does not mean laziness and apathy. On the contrary, hard work, despite the odds of the long summer days and maintaining our ... «Daily Sabah, Jul 15»
6
Puffer jackets the accepted uniform of New Zealand winters - Stuff
... cognitive dissonance calibrated down to cognitive asinine-ance aka dismal lack of concentration, general stupidity and sheer brain laziness. «The Press, Jul 15»
7
Trevor Manuel misses the point | News24
This is intellectual laziness. If Manuel is obsessed with the SACP, he must start by understanding it – and not make accusations and air ... «News24, Jul 15»
8
Laziness is good for you and your business
I am reading this book, “The Joy of Laziness: Why life is better slower—and how to get there,” by Peter Axt and Michaela Axt-Gadermann, as I ... «The Manila Times, Jul 15»
9
Lazy Kids: What's Really Going On - Huffington Post
The common belief is that laziness is a trait. You are lazy. This perspective is referred to as "a psychology of possession." My training, however ... «Huffington Post Canada, Jul 15»
10
Laziness and lack of practice are simplistic explanations for WI failures
West Indies cricket won't be fixed unless the problems are correctly diagnosed. Loose talk must be replaced with facts. There is a widespread ... «Stabroek News, Jul 15»

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