Origin of lackadaisicalfrom lackadaisy, altered (infl. by daisy) from lackaday
An example of someone who would be described as lackadaisical is a person who makes a disinterested and half-hearted attempt at his schoolwork.
- Characterized by a lack of effort, care, or involvement: “There'll be no time to correct lackadaisical driving techniques after trouble develops” ( William J. Hampton )
- Lacking enthusiasm or interest; listless; casually lazy: If you weren't so lackadaisical in your studies, you wouldn't be so far behind in class.
Origin of lackadaisicalFrom lackadaisy alteration of lackaday
Usage Note: The first two syllables of lackadaisical are pronounced (lăk′ə). Some people use the pronunciation (lăk′sə), as though the word were spelled lacksadaisical or laxadaisical . The confusion is probably semantic—someone who is lackadaisical could be said to have a lax attitude. In our 2014 survey, the Usage Panel overwhelmingly preferred the traditional pronunciation. Only 12 percent of the Panel found the lax pronunciation to be acceptable, and only 6.5 percent reported that they use it as their own preferred pronunciation.
(comparative more lackadaisical, superlative most lackadaisical)
- Unlike the darling flair of the mini backpack purse, leather slings mimic the fashion of lackadaisical high-schoolers who simply couldn't be bothered to use both straps on their backpack.
- The theory encourages parents to work as a guide with their children rather than taking a controlling or lackadaisical approach.
- Simple, however, should not be confused with lazy, or a lackadaisical attitude.
- Styles range from an authoritarian, controlling approach to a lackadaisical, permissive approach.