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sloth

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1  —as in:
mental sloth
Definition laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)
  • It is difficult to change the habit of sloth.
sloth = laziness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I'm trying to change my slothful ways.
  • slothful = lazy
  • Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.
  • sloth = laziness
  • Laziness was sloth and sloth was a sin.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • sloth = an unwillingness to work or exert oneself
  •   ...Ebbing men indeed,
      Most often, do so near the bottom run
      By their own fear or sloth.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • sloth = an unwillingness to work or exert oneself
  • 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
    The Bible  --  Ecclesiastes
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • No, Jane, no: this world is not the scene of fruition; do not attempt to make it so: nor of rest; do not turn slothful.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • An unclean person is universally a slothful one, one who sits by a stove, whom the sun shines on prostrate, who reposes without being fatigued.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Now he is not yet so uncharitable or slothful that these small demands on his courtesy are in themselves too much for it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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2  —as in:
a sloth in the tree
Definition a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • A sloth moves faster than she does.
sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The sloth is hanging upside down in that tree.
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • The sloth only moved about three meters per minute.
  • Is it a two-toed or three-toed sloth.
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • Bagheera would lie out on a branch and call, "Come along, Little Brother," and at first Mowgli would cling like the sloth, but afterward he would fling himself through the branches almost as boldly as the gray ape.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • Elliott slouched by us, moving more quickly than I believed possible for someone so sloth-like.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • He moved like a ground sloth, and kept gulping water from the garden hose.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • It involved a lot of backflips, a pyramid, and a complicated formation that was supposed to result in us all lying down in various positions to form a tiger (our mascot) but instead ended up looking like some variation of a sloth without a head.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move

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