Pronunciation Verb

laze (lazes, present participle lazing; past and past participle lazed)

  1. To be lazy, waste time.
    • 1599, Robert Greene (dramatist), The Comicall Historie of Alphonsus, King of Aragon, London, Act III,
      Behold by millions how thy men do fall
      Before Alphonsus like to sillie sheepe.
      And canst thou stand still lazing in this sort?
    • 1635, George Wither, A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, London: John Grismond, Illustration 36, Book 1,
      And, lastly, such are they; that, having got
      Wealth, Knowledge, and those other Gifts, which may
      Advance the Publike-Good, yet, use them not;
      But Feede, and Sleepe, and laze their time away.
    • 1892, Israel Zangwill, Children of the Ghetto, being Pictures of a Peculiar People, Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, Volume 1, Chapter 13, p. 191,
      But for this anachronism of keeping Saturday holy when you had Sunday also to laze on, Daniel felt a hundred higher careers would have been open to him.
    • 1982, Don DeLillo, The Names (novel), New York: Vintage, 1989, Chapter 7, p. 160,
      “I could easily fall into this,” I said. “Laze my way through life. Coffee here, wine there. You can channel significant things into the commonplace. Or you can avoid them completely.”
  2. To pass time relaxing; to relax, lounge.
    The cat spent the afternoon lazing in the sun.
    • 1939, Graham Greene, The Lawless Roads, Penguin, 1982, Chapter 4, p. 93,
      A football game went on beside the line; half the teams just lazed on the grass […]
Synonyms Translations Noun


  1. (countable) An instance of lazing.
    I had a laze on the beach after lunch.
  2. (uncountable) Laziness.

laze (uncountable)

  1. Acidic steam#Noun|steam created when super-hot lava contacts salt water.

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