One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lazy, sluggish person.
idler, loafer, good-for-nothing, wastrel, drone, scrounger, cadger, ne'er-do-well, do-nothing, layabout, slob, lounger, shirker, laggard, slugabed, malingererView synonyms
- ‘What a relief not having to carry those three sluggards on my back!’
- ‘You have no decency in you, you drunken sluggard!’
- ‘Pool is on the agenda, I think, although card is subject to change depending on when the other sluggards can get their asses into gear.’
- ‘Is it the sluggard who refuses to seek work when there is work available?’
- ‘He planned to write 137 novels in his Comedie Humaine, but - the sluggard!’
- ‘These ants: they always claim to work hard, but in truth they're nothing but lazy idle sluggards!’
- ‘The graffiti-daubing sluggard who, at Oxford University only sixteen years earlier, had spent more time drinking than working had come a very long way.’
- ‘The American masses are perceived as apathetic sluggards, whose votes would be better exercised by enlightened foreign observers.’
- ‘Franklin's admonition ‘Up sluggard and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough’ has rung in Hall's ears throughout the transformation.’
- ‘When dawn breaks, this nocturnal bird turns into an impossible sluggard.’
- ‘That is why, while I often criticize the sluggards and incompetents in government, my admiration for the good guys is boundless.’
- ‘This disposes of the last remnant of his reputation and wholly destroys his main usefulness as a moral agent, since it will make the sluggard hesitate to go to him any more.’
- ‘Like a person sitting in the car park outside the gym, knowing they've got to go in and get exercising, I am perpetually a conversational sluggard.’
- ‘If, on the other hand, we say of a boy, ‘He's not going anywhere,’ we are not praising his steadfastness but damning him as an ambitionless sluggard.’
- ‘I've sat in countless staff meetings where doctors who see fifty patients a day are held up as examples to the rest of us sluggards who see twenty-five to thirty.’
- ‘It's amazing how much guilt I enjoy loading myself with - the guilt of being a sluggard.’
- ‘Dujon had not chosen welfare because she was a sluggard or had a baby out of wedlock.’
- ‘Far from being a national icon, Bonaparte is a weakling, a coward, a sluggard, and an ignoramus.’
- ‘We make the busy bee look like a lazy creature, and the industrious ant, a sluggard.’
- ‘We are also enjoined to learn lessons from animals: ‘Go to the ant, you sluggard, see its ways and become wise!’’
Middle English: from the rare verb slug ‘be lazy or slow’+ -ard.
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