leisurely (adj.) c.1600, from LEISURE (Cf. leisure) (n.) + -LY (Cf. -ly) (1). As an adverb, with -LY (Cf. -ly) (2), from late 15c. Related: Leisureliness.

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  • Leisurely — Lei sure*ly (l[=e] zh[ u]r*l[y^]), a. Characterized by leisure; taking abundant time; not hurried; as, a leisurely manner; a leisurely walk. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leisurely — Lei sure*ly, adv. In a leisurely manner. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leisurely — [adj] casual, unhurried comfortable, delayed, deliberate, dilatory, easy, free, gentle, laggard, laid back*, languid, lax, lazy, relaxed, restful, slack, slackened, slow, slow moving, unhasty; concepts 550,584,799 Ant. hectic, hurried leisurely… …   New thesaurus

  • leisurely — [lē′zhərlē, lezh′ərlē] adj. characterized by or having leisure; without haste; deliberate; slow [to make a leisurely inspection of a place] adv. in an unhurried manner …   English World dictionary

  • leisurely — index deliberate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • leisurely — deliberate, *slow, dilatory, laggard Analogous words: relaxed, slack, lax (see LOOSE): slackened, retarded, delayed (see DELAY): easy, *comfortable, restful Antonyms: hurried: abrupt Contrasted words: hasty, speedy, quick, *fast, rapid: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • leisurely — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relaxed and unhurried. ► ADVERB ▪ without hurry. DERIVATIVES leisureliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • leisurely — lei|sure|ly [ˈleʒəli US ˈli:ʒərli] adj if you do something in a leisurely way, you do it in a slow, relaxed way, without hurrying ▪ After lunch we went for a leisurely stroll. ▪ working at a leisurely pace >leisurely adv ▪ He sipped leisurely… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • leisurely — [[t]le̱ʒə(r)li, AM li͟ːʒ [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A leisurely action is done in a relaxed and unhurried way. Lunch was a leisurely affair... Tweed walked at a leisurely pace. ADV GRADED: ADV with v Leisurely is also an adverb. We walked… …   English dictionary

  • leisurely — leisureliness, leisureness, n. /lee zheuhr lee, lezh euhr /, adj. 1. acting, proceeding, or done without haste; unhurried; deliberate: a leisurely conversation. 2. showing or suggesting ample leisure; unhurried: a leisurely manner. adv. 3. in a… …   Universalium

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