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sloth

 (slôth, slŏth, slōth)
n.
1. Aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence.
2. Any of various slow-moving, arboreal mammals of the suborder Folivora of South and Central America, having long hooklike claws by which they hang upside down from tree branches, and feeding on leaves, buds, and fruit, especially:
a. A member of the genus Bradypus, having three long-clawed toes on each forefoot. Also called ai, three-toed sloth.
b. A member of the genus Choloepus, having two toes on each forefoot. Also called two-toed sloth, unau.
3. A group of bears.

[Middle English slowth, alteration (influenced by slow, slow) of sleuth, from Old English slǣwth, from slāw, obtuse, torpid, sluggish; see slow. Sense 2, translation of Portuguese preguiça, laziness, sloth (animal of the suborder Folivora).]

sloth

(sləʊθ)
n
1. (Animals) any of several shaggy-coated arboreal edentate mammals of the family Bradypodidae, esp Bradypus tridactylus (three-toed sloth or ai) or Choloepus didactylus (two-toed sloth or unau), of Central and South America. They are slow-moving, hanging upside down by their long arms and feeding on vegetation
2. reluctance to work or exert oneself
[Old English slǣwth; from slǣw, variant of slāw slow]

sloth

(slɔθ or, esp. for 2, sloʊθ)

n.
1. indolence; laziness.
2. any slow-moving, arboreal tropical American edentate of the family Bradypodidae, having hooklike claws and usu. hanging upside down.
[1125–75; Middle English slowth; see slow, -th1]

Sloth

 of bears: a company of bears—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sloth - a disinclination to work or exert yourself
disinclination, hesitancy, hesitation, indisposition, reluctance - a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed"
2.sloth - any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central Americasloth - any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits
edentate - primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
Bradypodidae, family Bradypodidae - a family of edentates comprising the true sloths
Bradypus tridactylus, three-toed sloth, ai - a sloth that has three long claws on each forefoot and each hindfoot
Choloepus didactylus, two-toed sloth, unai, unau - relatively small fast-moving sloth with two long claws on each front foot
Choloepus hoffmanni, two-toed sloth, unai, unau - a sloth of Central America that has two long claws on each forefoot and three long claws on each hindfoot
3.sloth - apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)sloth - apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"

sloth

sloth

noun
The quality or state of being lazy:
Informal: do-nothingism.
Translations
lenochodlenost
laiskiainenlaiskuus
lijenost
henyeséglajhárlustaságrestségtunyaság
ナマケモノ
leniveclenoba

sloth

[sləʊθ] N
1. (= idleness) → pereza f, indolencia f
2. (Zool) → oso m perezoso

sloth

[ˈsləʊθ] n
(= vice) → paresse f
(= animal) → paresseux m

sloth

n
(= laziness)Trägheit f, → Faulheit f
(Zool) → Faultier nt

sloth

[sləʊθ] n
a. (frm) (vice) → indolenza
b. (Zool) → bradipo
References in classic literature ?
The night was absolutely still save for the roaring of the Sloths in the distance.
It ended on the coast of Patagonia, whither we had gone to shoot the great Sloth, known to be the largest of animals, though we found his size to have been under-estimated.
The teeth indicate, by their simple structure, that these Megatheroid animals lived on vegetable food, and probably on the leaves and small twigs of trees; their ponderous forms and great strong curved claws seem so little adapted for locomotion, that some eminent naturalists have actually believed, that, like the sloths, to which they are intimately related, they subsisted by climbing back downwards on trees, and feeding on the leaves.
For if ye be not invalids, or decrepit creatures, of whom the earth is weary, then are ye sly sloths, or dainty, sneaking pleasure-cats.
He partied on Copacabana beach and made friends with orphaned sloths in Brazil - and even ended up visiting neighbouring Peru to hike the Inca trail to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
Colorful, stylized illustrations enrich this simple and heartwarming storybook, and the final two pages teach inquisitive young minds a few more facts about sloths and rainforest camouflage.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A pair of sloths sped up their usual slow dating game to produce London Zoo's first baby sloth - to the surprise of their keepers.
After obtaining the laboratory results, we confirmed that a local group in charge of the collection and treatment of injured animals usually released rehabilitated 3-toed sloths into Tiger Camp.
She calls her sloths "three-fingered" instead of the more common "three-toed" because all sloths, even so-called two-toed species, actually have three toes on their hind legs.
Greg McDonald, National Park Service's Senior Curator of Natural History, will offer an intimate look at extinct giant ground sloths, including their ecology, evolution and how to tell the "boys" from the "girls," from fossils discovered by Darwin in South America to remains later unearthed in Oregon; Mc Donald will discuss recent research on giant sloths and the light it sheds on their natural history; free; 541-346-3024.
A recent attempt by Dallas World Aquarium officials to remove critically endangered pygmy three-toed sloths from an island in Panama got nixed by local police and residents, caused an international uproar, and sparked off an intense debate on conservation methodologies.