Sloth definition

slôth, slŏth, slōth
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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 member of the genus Bradypus, having three long-clawed toes on each forefoot.
  • A member of the genus Choloepus, having two toes on each forefoot.
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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.

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Any of various families of extinct, ground-dwelling edentate mammals.
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Aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence.
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Disinclination to work or exert oneself; indolence; laziness; idleness.
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A group of bears.
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(now rare) Slowness; delay.
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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)
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(uncountable) Laziness; slowness in the mindset; disinclination to action or labour.
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(countable) A herbivorous, arboreal South American mammal of the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, noted for its slowness and inactivity.
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(rare) A collective term for a group of bears.
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(obsolete, intransitive) To be idle.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sloth
Plural:
sloths

Origin of sloth

  • Middle English slowth from slow slow slow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English slouthe, slewthe, from Old English slÇ£wþ (“sloth, indolence, laziness, inertness, torpor"), from Proto-Germanic *slaiwiþō (“slowness, lateness"), equivalent to slow +"Ž -th. Cognate with Scots sleuth (“sloth, slowness").

    From Wiktionary