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  • a lackadaisical attempt
  • she was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical
  • a...lackadaisical, spiritless young man-about-town
  • I am willing to live with a certain amount of sloppiness, of laziness, of the lackadaisical life.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • We still haven’t discussed labels yet and the fact that we just made up within the past half hour makes my lackadaisical use of the word boyfriend feel like something :Natty-boy would have said to me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • After school, if I was bored, it was easy enough to go hang out with one of the big lackadaisical stoner crowds who floated around between Del Taco and the kiddie arcades on the Strip.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They were in a lackadaisical mood, laughing and joking with each other, trying, it seemed, not to think too much about soccer.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • No lackadaisical ladies—no blasted rolling eyes.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He was a fierce field contender but a lackadaisical, amused sort of student in the classrooms.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Anatole got to spend his days playing bottle-cap checkers with a pair of lackadaisical guards, who let him read and write anything as long as he didn’t escape.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • Quiet, lackadaisical, like most rich Eastern women (Liza had never known a rich Eastern woman), but on the other hand docile and respectful.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He choked up even more a second later when he spied Colonel Korn’s tubby monochrome figure trotting up the curved, wide, yellow stone staircase toward him in lackadaisical haste from the great dilapidated lobby below with its lofty walls of cracked dark marble and circular floor of cracked grimy tile.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She is but a poor lackadaisical creature, and it is my belief has no heart at all.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Hooves broached, along the hollow street, the lackadaisical rhythms of the weariest of clog dancers, and endless in circles, narrow iron tires grinced continuously after.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • So he waited another hour on the bench outside the jefe’s door, watching the sentry move lackadaisically to and fro in the hot sun.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • We knew that Summit couldn’t get after us with anything stronger than constables and maybe some lackadaisical bloodhounds and a diatribe or two in the Weekly Farmers’ Budget.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Indeed, up to this time, Clyde would not have imagined that a parent like Mrs. Ratterer could have been as lackadaisical or indifferent as she was, apparently, to conduct and morals generally.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • 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!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The faces of the barmaidens had risen in colour, each having a pink flush on her cheek; their manners were still more vivacious than before—more abandoned, more excited, more sensuous, and they expressed their sentiments and desires less euphemistically, laughing in a lackadaisical tone, without reserve.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Compared to Shade, she was lackadaisical.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Then he veered toward the loading dock, intending to help in carrying or just to walk past the two lackadaisical sentries.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Mothers do not deliberately dispatch infant girls they are obligated to give birth to, but they are lackadaisical in caring for them.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I even pushed one of my receivers when he mocked my use of the word lackadaisical (directed at the receivers, I might add) as "a pretty big word for a homeschooler."
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • By leaning far out he could see a lackadaisical, fluttery kind of parade, the ladies of Morgana under their parasols, all trying to keep cool while they walked down to Miss Nell’s.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • By leaning far out he could see a lackadaisical, fluttery kind of parade, the ladies of Morgana under their parasols, all trying to keep cool while they walked down to Miss Nell’s.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • The other branch ran smack through the middle of town as though intending to become a real road, but it lost heart after it passed my grandmother’s house and meandered off in a lackadaisical path toward the mountain.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • He departed, disappeared, vanished, absconded; and absurdly enough it looked as though he had taken that gharry with him, for never again did I come across a sorrel pony with a slit ear and a lackadaisical Tamil driver afflicted by a sore foot.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • IN MY EARPIECE I heard the hush of the void that hangs over the earth, and then out of that ether, the sound of the phone ringing far away, its high-pitched summons so brisk and efficient, so different from the lackadaisical analog clicks and the coarse ring when I dialed an Addis Ababa number.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In addition to Madame Chauchat, this consisted of a blond-bearded, lackadaisical gentleman with a concave chest and pop-eyes; a very dark-skinned girl with an original, droll face, golden earrings, and a mop of frizzy hair; Dr. Blumenkohl, who had likewise joined them; and two hunch-shouldered youths.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • We had several talks after that incident on the stadium steps, but he never changed his attitude, and I never viewed his lackadaisical approach or religious excuses as acceptable.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Having come here on a definite practical mission—that is, for the express purpose of having an energetic look around, of checking up on his "lackadaisical" young relative, as he put it, of "prying him loose" and taking him home—he was quite aware that he was operating on foreign soil; and from the first moment, he had been acutely sensitive to a suspicion that he was now the guest of a world, a social community, with a self-assurance as intact as that of the world from which he came,
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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