Even though lackadaisical sounds like it has something to do with a shortage of daisies, know that what it really means is lacking in spirit or liveliness.

A person with a lackadaisical attitude shows no enthusiasm and puts forth a half-hearted effort. But it's more of a dreamy, laid back approach rather than sheer laziness. This funny-sounding adjective came about in the eighteenth century from the interjection lackaday, which was an old fashioned way of saying "oh man!" or "unfortunately."

Definitions of lackadaisical
  1. adjective
    idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
    “she was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical”
    “"a... lackadaisical, spiritless young man-about-town"- P.G.Wodehouse”
    not in action or at work
  2. adjective
    lacking spirit or liveliness
    “a lackadaisical attempt”
    synonyms: dreamy, languid, languorous
    lethargic, unenergetic
    deficient in alertness or activity
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