Definition of leisured in US English:



  • 1Having ample leisure, especially through being rich.

    ‘the leisured classes’
    • ‘My point is rather that, because we are products of an affluent and leisured West, we have a special burden to remember how tenuous and fragile civilization remains outside our suburbs.’
    • ‘He had some medical training, then spent the rest of his life as a leisured gentleman in Dublin and London.’
    • ‘Enriched and enormously expanded by three generations of widening prosperity, the leisured classes of France had invested their gains in culture - which meant above all education.’
    • ‘What writers have to remember is that their precious novels are not read by leisured gentlemen, for two or three hours at a time, in the peace and quiet of a country-house library.’
    • ‘Is this a Utopian vision of the leisured society of the future, as liberated by technology?’
    • ‘Be this as it may, the study usefully foregrounds Wollstonecraft's critique of modern commercial society as well as the leisured elite.’
    • ‘In the beginning they came from the leisured class of doctors, clergymen, and the landed gentry.’
    • ‘But Scotland and Sunday can reveal that Pimm's, the drink most revered by England's leisured classes, is in fact made entirely in Scotland.’
    • ‘At the same time, as members of a leisured class, these intellectuals had no part in the labour of production, and consequently their theories were divorced from practice.’
    • ‘Most fiction is about the leisure occupations of leisured people.’
    • ‘Unlike her friends, other leisured wives of wealthy men, she loves her life as wife and mother and wishes for nothing more.’
    • ‘To my mind, golf can be categorized as an aristocratic game reserved exclusively for the leisured classes, big shots and whimsical big spenders.’
    • ‘Shonibare later addressed another well-known if bizarre pursuit of the leisured elite: the use of dogs in chasing and killing wild animals.’
    • ‘He could talk about the problems of the poor one moment, and the next contend that ‘it is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class.’’
    • ‘But with trade and with the first rumblings of the Industrial Revolution emerged a leisured, town-based middle class.’
    • ‘People in the pictures belonged to the leisured class at that time.’
    • ‘It should be consumed freely, and should be indemnified against the criticism of a leisured elite.’
    • ‘Born in 1942 into solidly middle-class circumstances, he was brought up enjoying the pursuits of the leisured classes of the 19th century.’
    • ‘When the leisured classes took to skis, though, they did so first for amusement, then for sport.’
    • ‘Today, the experience of old age is moving away from that of the wealthy leisured elite of Rome to one characterised by inequality and poverty.’
    1. 1.1 Leisurely.
      ‘a new, more leisured lifestyle’
      • ‘Even with my leisured lifestyle, I don't think I can spare the extra time to scan, argue, and answer.’
      • ‘In addition to providing Tarbell with subjects for portraiture, Emeline and her siblings served as models for figures in genre paintings of leisured genteel life.’
      • ‘Here is a a more leisured pace of life and courteousness that are only a memory in the frantic bustle of Kuala Lumpur.’
      • ‘Afternoon tea, eaten after a light lunch and before a larger mid-evening dinner, is considered an indicator of a leisured, comfortable existence.’
      • ‘Monica enjoyed a privileged and leisured lifestyle, she did not have to work and had no children.’
      • ‘Beach imagery, backyard barbecues, and sport also became symbolic of a leisured lifestyle, and were reinforced with the rise of international tourism.’
      • ‘To forgo the leisured lifestyle, to abstain from epicurean pleasures of over-indulgence, is no mean task.’
      slow, unhurried, relaxed, leisurely, unrushed, slow-moving, slow-going, slow and steady, easy, easy-going, gentle, comfortable, restful, undemanding, lazy, languid, languorous, plodding, dawdling, measured, steady
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