One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]North American
1Spend time aimlessly; idle.‘she goes to Arizona every January to lollygag in the sun’
do nothing, be inactive, vegetate, sit back, take it easy, rest on one's oars, mark time, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs, kill time, languish, laze, laze about, laze around, lounge, lounge about, lounge around, loll, loll about, loll around, loaf, loaf about, loaf around, slouch, slouch about, slouch aroundView synonyms
- ‘This meant you could get up and go over to the other side of the room and lollygag around in the line for sharpening pencils.’
- ‘The cadets should feel like they are ‘on a mission,’ he says, with no time to waste lollygagging around campus.’
- ‘A couple of times she told riders that their horses were ‘window shopping’ which meant the horse was lollygagging around the ring, not paying attention.’
- ‘His skin was fairer than his sibling's, which led Blank to believe he spent fewer hours lollygagging outside.’
- ‘Eliza spends some time lollygagging around but doesn't seem interested in actually catching a pig.’
- 1.1with adverbial of direction Dawdle.‘we're lollygagging along’
unhurried, leisurely, measured, moderate, deliberate, steady, sedate, slow-moving, slow-going, easy, relaxed, unrushed, gentle, undemanding, comfortableView synonyms
- ‘Just as I never lollygag my way through a workout, neither am I concerned with rushing it.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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