sluggard late 14c. (implied in sluggardly), from M.E. sluggi "sluggish, indolent," probably from a Scandinavian word, Cf. dialectal Norw. and Swed. slugga "be sluggish," dialectal Norw. sluggje "heavy, slow person."
'Tis the voice of a sluggard -- I heard him complain:
"You have wak'd me too soon, I must slumber again."
[Isaac Watts, 1674-1748]
'Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
"You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
["Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson), 1832-1898]

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  • Sluggard — Slug gard, n. [Slug + ard.] A person habitually lazy, idle, and inactive; a drone. [1913 Webster] Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Prov. vi. 6. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sluggard — Slug gard, a. Sluggish; lazy. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sluggard — ► NOUN ▪ a lazy, sluggish person. DERIVATIVES sluggardly adjective. ORIGIN from rare or obsolete slug «be lazy or slow» …   English terms dictionary

  • sluggard — [slug′ərd] n. [ME slogarde < sluggen, to be lazy, go slowly, prob. < Scand, as in Swed dial. slogga, to be slow: see SLUG1 & ARD] a habitually lazy or idle person adj. lazy or idle: also sluggardly …   English World dictionary

  • sluggard — I. noun Etymology: Middle English sluggart Date: 14th century a habitually lazy person II. adjective Date: 1557 sluggardly • sluggardness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sluggard — /slug euhrd/, n. 1. a person who is habitually inactive or lazy. adj. 2. lazy; sluggardly. [1350 1400; ME slogarde. See SLUG1, ARD] * * * …   Universalium

  • sluggard — noun a) A person who is lazy, stupid, or idle by habit. b) A person slow to begin necessary work, a slothful person. See Also: lug, slug, sluggish …   Wiktionary

  • sluggard — Synonyms and related words: bum, clock watcher, dallier, dawdle, dawdler, diddler, dillydallier, do nothing, dolittle, doodler, drone, faineant, foot dragger, gentleman of leisure, goldbrick, goldbricker, goof off, idler, laggard, lazybones, lie… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sluggard — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I noun A self indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity: bum1, drone1, faineant, good for nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, ne er do well, no good, slugabed, wastrel. Informal: do little, do… …   English dictionary for students

  • sluggard — slug·gard || slÊŒgÉ™(r)d n. lazy person, idle person, one who tends to be inactive adj. lazy, idle, inactive, slothful …   English contemporary dictionary

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