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Definition lacking energy, interest, or effort
  • a lackadaisical attempt
  • she was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical
  • a...lackadaisical, spiritless young man-about-town
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She is but a poor lackadaisical creature, and it is my belief has no heart at all.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Compared to Shade, she was lackadaisical.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • 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 was a fierce field contender but a lackadaisical, amused sort of student in the classrooms.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I am willing to live with a certain amount of sloppiness, of laziness, of the lackadaisical life.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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