Definition of laze in English:



  • 1 Spend time in a relaxed, lazy manner.

    ‘she spent the day at home, reading the papers and generally lazing around’
    • ‘Now I don't feel at all guilty if I simply do my job and laze around for the rest.’
    • ‘Head up the east coast to Fisherman's Cove near Chennai and take in the shopping in the city, laze around the beach, and visit heritage spots close by such as Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.’
    • ‘I had nothing to do for the next two weeks but laze about the flat and work on the paper that was due after holiday.’
    • ‘And in India, Bengal tigers laze in forest branches.’
    • ‘Actually, all we've done is laze around on the beach.’
    • ‘It is what the guy around you does: he trains like a donkey, lazes around, and then gives away a penalty.’
    • ‘Can you imagine coming home from a holiday and saying to your friends, ‘I had the most wonderful time. I did nothing but laze.’’
    • ‘One had to sit and pour water from one of the many taps along the sides, using the soap and mugs kept there for the purpose, and then get into the pool and laze in it for a long time.’
    • ‘Although so large, and so formidably equipped, the swordfish often lazes on the surface of the water and can be harpooned.’
    • ‘Anyone want some food or would you rather just laze in front of the TV all day?’
    • ‘And all the while, my cat just lazes around the house all day.’
    • ‘Diversions include everything from roping and riding to minicourses in Native American crafts, but some visitors do little except laze in a hammock, soak in a hot tub, or take a slow boat ride on nearby Blue Lake.’
    • ‘Instead she disappears into the background and lazes through all of the contests.’
    • ‘This site is best appreciated if you have at least a few hours to meander around, laze about and take in the views.’
    • ‘It was one of those days where you felt like doing nothing at all except laze.’
    • ‘The beach, by contrast, is intended as a comfortable spot to perch up and laze away with a potboiler.’
    • ‘After a busy day of successful meetings, I go home and laze around in my luxurious penthouse.’
    • ‘Feeling like she should get up and do something, other then laze around all day, she arose and wandered about the guildhall's many corridors quietly.’
    • ‘In Queensland you can go fishing or just laze on the beach…’
    • ‘We don't actually start classes until tomorrow so we can pretty much laze around the whole day.’
    relax, unwind, idle, do nothing, loaf, loaf about, loaf around, lounge, lounge about, lounge around, loll, loll about, loll around, lie, lie about, lie around, take it easy
    waste time, kill time, mark time, while away the hours, fritter away time, twiddle one's thumbs
    hang around, hang round, skive
    hang about
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    1. 1.1[with object]Pass time in a relaxed, lazy way.
      ‘laze away a long summer day’
      • ‘I laze the day away, facing heaven and surrounded by paradise.’
      • ‘We hung around there and watched movies and basically lazed the day away, until her parents came home from work and invited me to stay for dinner.’
      • ‘She's flying here to meet up before we up and leave again and laze away Christmas at a villa or something.’
      • ‘Devour a feast for lunch and then either laze away the afternoon by the pool or on the beach, take a boat out or take part in one of the many other organised sporting activities.’
      • ‘They lazed the morning away and that afternoon, they walked down Duke of Gloucester Street.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, a brochure promoting the island in the 1890s stated: ‘Here may the invalid laze the hours away and, book in hand, become intoxicated with the splendour of the scenery and the sounds of the unceasing sea’.’
      • ‘Far from the hustle and grit of Berlin, it follows a quartet of young Germans lazing their lives away in a picturesque ski town in the Alps.’


  • [in singular] A spell of lazing around.

    ‘a laze in the sun’
    • ‘One night we decided to invite a couple of close friends over, for an evening of very cheap wine, and a laze in the spa.’


Late 16th century: back-formation from lazy.