The Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Summer is a season for fun activities, but set aside some time for just chilling, maybe with a book, indoors or out. This list will give you all the words you need to master the art of doing nothing.

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  1. alfresco
    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 alfresco 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.
  2. bask
    expose oneself to warmth and light, as for relaxation
    Rather than basking 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, baða, as bathe. So basking in the sun is literally sunbathing.
  3. doze
    a light fitful sleep
    And then...then it was like dozing off in class.Aru Shah and the End of Time
  4. hammock
    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 hammock and playing a ukulele in the sea air.New York Times (Apr 18, 2020)
    A Carib Indian word, via the Spanish hamaca, a hammock might be the most sophisticated piece of relaxation technology ever devised.
  5. indolent
    disinclined to work or exertion
    “The indolent lassitude of almost every fashion model photographed since the beginning is the show’s through-line,” he writes.Los Angeles Times (Jul 21, 2018)
    Indolent is a fancy way to say "lazy."
  6. lackadaisical
    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, lackadaisical time-sink of Twitch.The Verge (Apr 6, 2020)
    Alack is an old expression of grief or dismay, often following alas. " 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.
  7. lassitude
    a feeling of lack of interest or energy
    But then it occurred to me, as I ate another astringent chip, that this lassitude, 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."
  8. leisure
    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 leisure – it will keep for months.The Guardian (May 13, 2020)
  9. loll
    be lazy or idle
    At a more recent Masters, I was lolling 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."
  10. prone
    lying face downward
    Heavier patients may also be more tricky to turn, or prone, 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."
  11. sloth
    a disinclination to work or exert yourself
    A lot of the writing I value is, in one way or another, about the seven deadly sins, especially sloth and gluttony.New York Times (Apr 20, 2020)
    A 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 slow.
  12. snooze
    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, snoozing on the tarmac just outside one of the park’s rest lodges.The Guardian (Apr 16, 2020)
  13. supine
    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 supine position.New York Times (Apr 20, 2020)
    The opposite of prone, supine means lying on your back.
Created on May 18, 2020 (updated June 14, 2020)

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