lackadaisical


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lack·a·dai·si·cal

 (lăk′ə-dā′zĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Characterized by a lack of effort, care, or involvement: "There'll be no time to correct lackadaisical driving techniques after trouble develops" (William J. Hampton).
2. Lacking enthusiasm or interest; listless; casually lazy: If you weren't so lackadaisical in your studies, you wouldn't be so far behind in class.

[From lackadaisy, alteration of lackaday.]

lack′a·dai′si·cal·ly adv.
Usage Note: The first two syllables of lackadaisical are pronounced (lăk′ə). Some people use the pronunciation (lăk′sə), as though the word were spelled lacksadaisical or laxadaisical. The confusion is probably semantic—someone who is lackadaisical could be said to have a lax attitude. In our 2014 survey, the Usage Panel overwhelmingly preferred the traditional pronunciation. Only 12 percent of the Panel found the lax pronunciation to be acceptable, and only 6.5 percent reported that they use it as their own preferred pronunciation.

lackadaisical

(ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkəl)
adj
1. lacking vitality and purpose
2. lazy or idle, esp in a dreamy way
[C18: from earlier lackadaisy, extended form of lackaday]
ˌlackaˈdaisically adv
ˌlackaˈdaisicalness n

lack•a•dai•si•cal

(ˌlæk əˈdeɪ zɪ kəl)

adj.
1. being without vigor or spirit; listless.
2. lazy; indolent.
[1760–70; lackadais(y), variant of lackaday + -ical]
lack`a•dai′si•cal•ly, adv.
lack`a•dai′si•cal•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lackadaisical - lacking spirit or liveliness; "a lackadaisical attempt"; "a languid mood"; "a languid wave of the hand"; "a hot languorous afternoon"
lethargic, unenrgetic - deficient in alertness or activity; "bullfrogs became lethargic with the first cold nights"
2.lackadaisical - idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way; "she was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical"; "a...lackadaisical, spiritless young man-about-town"- P.G.Wodehouse
idle - not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"

lackadaisical

adjective lazy, lethargic, indifferent, idle, abstracted, limp, dreamy, inert, languid, apathetic, listless, indolent, languorous, enervated, spiritless, half-arsed (Brit. slang), half-assed (U.S. & Canad. slang), half-hearted Dr. Jonsen seemed a little lackadaisical at times.
spirited, excited, inspired, ambitious, diligent

lackadaisical

adjective
Lacking energy and vitality or showing such a lack:
Translations
raukeatylsämielinenvälinpitämätön

lackadaisical

[ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkəl] ADJ (= careless) → descuidado, informal; (= lazy) → perezoso, flojo (LAm); (= dreamy) → distraído

lackadaisical

[ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkəl] adjnonchalant(e), indolent(e)

lackadaisical

adj (= lacking energy)lustlos, desinteressiert; (= careless)nachlässig, lasch

lackadaisical

[ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkl] adj (careless) → noncurante; (lacking enthusiasm) → svogliato/a
References in classic literature ?
There is no doubt whatever that I was a lackadaisical young spooney; but there was a purity of heart in all this, that prevents my having quite a contemptuous recollection of it, let me laugh as I may.
So in the same lackadaisical fashion which had marked all his actions that day, the knight suffered his horse to be led to the rendezvous of the band in the greenwood.
He was a tall, fair man, cadaverous, and a little lackadaisical, with heavy eyelids and a highbridged nose.
Who in mere lackadaisical want of an emotion have agreed upon a little dandy talk about the vulgar wanting faith in things in general, meaning in the things that have been tried and found wanting, as though a low fellow should unaccountably lose faith in a bad shilling after finding it out
In spite of his lackadaisical manner, he has moments of energy that would surprise you.
The young lady appeared no more; so there was a great deal of love wasted (enough indeed to have set up half-a-dozen young gentlemen, as times go, with the utmost decency), and nobody was a bit the wiser for it; not even Nicholas himself, who, on the contrary, became more dull, sentimental, and lackadaisical, every day.
She is but a poor lackadaisical creature, and it is my belief has no heart at all.
Quinn said: "Everyone has to stay on their toes as you could get lackadaisical.
Nasir, a senior citizen said that it was the lackadaisical attitude of the police and district administration that was allowing such protests at the cost of inconvenience to people.
Sometimes, due to this lackadaisical attitude of officials, important civic projects miserably fail and at the end of the day people blame the government for not doing enough.
DESPITE the high number of fatalities on our roads it never ceases to amaze me how lackadaisical people are about their own safety.
Strike star Shankland controlled the ball well from a Colin Spence pass and punished lackadaisical defending by shooting the winner.