in the open air
Ironically, spring is the best time of the year here in Andalucia, with the orange trees in blossom, and the air warm enough for
meals.The Guardian (Mar 21, 2020)
Alfresco is Italian for "in the fresh air." Instead of saying "we're eating outside," you can say "we're dining alfresco this evening." It makes it sound much fancier.
expose oneself to warmth and light, as for relaxation
in the sun and delighting in the reduced car traffic, the scooter industry is looking at end times.The Verge (May 13, 2020)
Bask comes from the same Old Norse root,
basking in the sun is literally sunbathing.
a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting
Ms. Fjelstrom, 46, described it as “like an island holiday”: She spent much of her time reading in a
and playing a ukulele in the sea air.New York Times (Apr 18, 2020)
A Carib Indian word, via the Spanish
hammock might be the most sophisticated piece of relaxation technology ever devised.
disinclined to work or exertion
Indolent is a fancy way to say "lazy."
idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
It exists in a nebulous space between the steady dopamine rush of TikTok’s constant supply of novelty and the chill,
time-sink of Twitch.The Verge (Apr 6, 2020)
Alack is an old expression of grief or dismay, often following
Alack the day" or "lack-a-day" is an obsolete way of saying "darn it" or "that sucks." Someone prone to saying it and then giving up on whatever wasn't working would then be called
lackadaisical, with the implication that they'd then just go lie on a couch or something, defeated. Over time it became more about the do-nothing response than the initial exclamation.
a feeling of lack of interest or energy
But then it occurred to me, as I ate another astringent chip, that this
, the trouble focusing, the sleep difficulties, my exhaustion: Oh yes, I thought, I remember this.New York Times (Apr 9, 2020)
Lassus is Latin for "weary."
time available for ease and relaxation
Once it’s sour enough for your taste, refrigerate it to pause the fermentation process, and consume at your
– it will keep for months.The Guardian (May 13, 2020)
be lazy or idle
At a more recent Masters, I was
around on the veranda with Mike Lupica, a columnist for the New York Daily News.Golf Digest (Apr 6, 2020)
Lollen is Middle Dutch for "to sleep."
lying face downward
Heavier patients may also be more tricky to turn, or
, in order to relieve their breathing.BBC (May 7, 2020)
If you lie flat on your belly, you're
prone. It can also mean "inclined to do something," and that's because the Latin
pronus means "leaning forward" as well as "prostrate."
a disinclination to work or exert yourself
sloth is a tree-dwelling jungle animal famous for moving very slowly, and the word also describes a state of sluggishness or unwillingness to do anything. It comes from the Early Middle English
slōwðe, which comes from the same root as
sleep lightly or for a short period of time
On Thursday, park ranger Richard Sowry took photographs of a pride of at least eight lions, including a few young cubs,
on the tarmac just outside one of the park’s rest lodges.The Guardian (Apr 16, 2020)
lying face upward
Mr. Lobner said that even in an ordinary nuclear submarine, clearances in the battery compartment are so narrow that a routine inspection often requires shimmying through in a prone or
position.New York Times (Apr 20, 2020)
The opposite of
supine means lying on your back.