sloth[slôt̸h, slät̸h; also, and chiefly Brit, slōt̸h]
- Sloth is laziness or a lack of effort, or a slow-moving, tree-hanging mammal from Central and South America.
When you sit around on the couch all day and don't make any effort to be productive, this is an example of being a sloth.
- disinclination to work or exert oneself; indolence; laziness; idleness
- Now Rare slowness; delay
- any of a family (Bradypodidae) of slow-moving, tree-dwelling edentate mammals of tropical Central and South America that hang, back down, from branches and feed on fruits and vegetation, including a three-toed species (genus Bradypus) and a two-toed species (genus Choloepus)
- any of various families of extinct, ground-dwelling edentate mammals
Origin of slothMiddle English slouthe ; from slou, slow, used for older slewthe, sleuthe ; from Old English slæwth, sloth ; from slaw, slow: see slow and amp; -th
- Aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence.
- Any of various slow-moving, arboreal mammals of the suborder Folivora of South and Central America, having long hooklike claws by which they hang upside down from tree branches, and feeding on leaves, buds, and fruit, especially:a. A member of the genus Bradypus, having three long-clawed toes on each forefoot. Also called ai, three-toed sloth.b. A member of the genus Choloepus, having two toes on each forefoot. Also called two-toed sloth, unau.
- A group of bears.
Origin of slothMiddle English slowth, from slow, slow; see slow.
brown-throated three-toed sloth
(countable and uncountable, plural sloths)
Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins (See the seven deadly sins for more details).
(third-person singular simple present sloths, present participle slothing, simple past and past participle slothed)
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be idle.
From Middle English slouthe, slewthe, from Old English slǣwþ (“sloth, indolence, laziness, inertness, torpor”), from Proto-Germanic *slaiwiþō (“slowness, lateness”), equivalent to slow + -th. Cognate with Scots sleuth (“sloth, slowness”).