- The definition of lax is being relaxed or not strict.
- An example of lax is a parent who does not give her child a curfew.
- An example of lax is a person who doesn't read over an essay before turning it in.
- loose; emptying easily: said of the bowels
- having lax bowels
- slack; of a loose texture; not rigid or tight
- not strict or exact; careless: lax morals
- Bot. loose; open: said of a flower cluster
- Phonet. articulated with the jaw and tongue muscles relatively relaxed: said of certain vowels, as (e) and (i)
Origin of laxMiddle English ; from Classical Latin laxus ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lēg-, loose, lax from source slack
- Lacking in rigor, strictness, or firmness. See Synonyms at negligent.
- Not taut, firm, or compact; slack. See Synonyms at loose.
- Loose and not easily retained or controlled. Used of bowel movements.
- Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed, as the vowel (ĕ) in let.
Origin of laxMiddle English, from Latin laxus, loose, lax; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.
- (Now chiefly UK dialectal, Scotland) A salmon.
From Middle English lax, from Old English leax (“salmon”), from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz (“salmon”), from Proto-Indo-European *lAḱis- (“salmon, trout”). Cognate with Middle Dutch lacks, lachs, lasche (“salmon”), Middle Low German las (“salmon”), German Lachs (“salmon”), Danish laks (“salmon”), Swedish lax (“salmon”), Icelandic lax (“salmon”), Lithuanian lašišà (“salmon”), Latvian lasis, Russian лосось (losos, “salmon”), Albanian leshterik (“eel-grass”). See also lox.
(comparative laxer, superlative laxest)
From Latin laxus (“wide, roomy, loose”)
- IATA airport code for Los Angeles International Airport.