Definition of lollygag in English:


(also lallygag)


[NO OBJECT]North American
  • 1 Spend time aimlessly; idle.

    ‘she goes to Arizona every January to lollygag in the sun’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eliza spends some time lollygagging around but doesn't seem interested in actually catching a pig.’
    • ‘His skin was fairer than his sibling's, which led Blank to believe he spent fewer hours lollygagging outside.’
    1. 1.1[with adverbial of direction]Dawdle.
      ‘we're lollygagging along’
      • ‘Just as I never lollygag my way through a workout, neither am I concerned with rushing it.’
      unhurried, leisurely, measured, moderate, deliberate, steady, sedate, slow-moving, slow-going, easy, relaxed, unrushed, gentle, undemanding, comfortable
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Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.