One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.
lazy, idle, slothful, loafing, work-shy, shiftless, apathetic, lackadaisical, inactive, inert, lifeless, sluggish, lethargic, listless, languid, torpid, slow, slow-moving, dull, ploddingView synonyms
- ‘Nobody wants to appear indolent or indifferent.’
- ‘This bushy, indolent fellow, who is built like a well-fed possum, hangs from a rail by his tail, and hooks into his favourite snack, a salami sandwich.’
- ‘Like an indolent poet, boiling within, forceful outside, the drummer filled the hall.’
- ‘As an indolent student, I would leave the radio on all night.’
- ‘As a teenager he was mature in the sense that he knew his way around town, but like all 15-year-olds he could be pretty indolent.’
- ‘The most indolent beings won't have any more reason to hesitate before setting off to find pleasures that will cost them neither money nor effort.’
- ‘‘White trash’ are characterized as indolent, lazy, promiscuous, ignorant and incapable of bettering themselves.’
- ‘My sister, indolent and unimaginative as she was, had visions of endless touch-typing speed trials supervised by austere women under flickering striplights.’
- ‘Family allowances were designed to make the poor self-reliant and independent not lazy and indolent.’
- ‘Both Hitler and Churchill, on the other hand, had no time for exercise: Hitler was exceptionally indolent and didn't even like going for walks.’
- ‘He has perhaps been as determined to realize his odd project as his proudly indolent subject was determined to avoid exertion.’
- ‘The workers are lazy indolent villains and the leaders are intelligent, hard working visionaries.’
- ‘It's not so much dreamy as it is lazy and indolent.’
- ‘There, he says, he was basically indolent, though he did immerse himself in a new ‘hobby’ - making music by computer.’
- ‘She was young, portionless, bad with money, indecisive, and indolent (so Thackeray thought).’
- ‘They didn't want any competition in the lazy and indolent stakes.’
- ‘This has changed my perspective completely from thinking of non-voters as indolent to thinking that they're tactical, even-handed and pragmatic.’
- ‘But indolent border guards didn't bother to check on him - they just took his passport, stamped it, and let him leave.’
(of a disease or condition) causing little or no pain.
- ‘In general, the prognosis is favorable and the disease is indolent, with a reported survival rate of 78% at 5 years.’
- ‘In those men who are not severely immunocompromised, Kaposi's sarcoma may remain an indolent cutaneous disease.’
- ‘Prostate cancer is an indolent disease in most men.’
- ‘Classically, prior to HIV or in the absence of severe immuno suppression, it is a fairly indolent skin disease.’
- ‘The disease had a very indolent course, remaining localized to the organ for several years, and responded favorably to the local radiation therapy.’
- ‘In favorable circumstances the healing of indolent wounds, ulcers, or burns may be aided and with a minimum of scarring.’
- 2.1 (especially of an ulcer) slow to develop, progress, or heal; persistent.
- ‘Follicular lymphoma usually has an indolent clinical course and may present with waxing and waning enlargement of the lymph nodes.’
- ‘The lesion typically has a very indolent course, which may span decades.’
- ‘Most patients are alive at last follow-up, suggesting that the lymphoma is indolent and has a slowly progressive clinical course and a favorable outcome.’
- ‘In this example, an aggressive variant grows 10 times as fast and metastasizes at 10 times the rate of the indolent variant with the same morphology.’
- ‘Deep indolent ulcers also require local wound care and antibiotics.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin indolent-, from in- ‘not’ + dolere ‘suffer or give pain’. The sense ‘idle’ arose in the early 18th century.
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