If you lounge around in your bathrobe watching TV and ordering out for pizza, you’ll get called a sloth. A sloth is actually a slow-moving, tree-dwelling mammal, but it has become a synonym for “lazybones.”

Slug also doubles as the name of an animal and a term for someone who is lazy, slow or lethargic. But with slug, the animal name probably morphed into the human application, whereas sloth has meant “lazy person” or “laziness” for a long time. In the Catholic Church sloth was categorized as one of the seven deadly sins.

Definitions of sloth
  1. noun

    a disinclination to work or exert yourself

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    type of:

    disinclination, hesitancy, hesitation, indisposition, reluctance

    a certain degree of unwillingness

  2. noun

    apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)

    acedia, laziness
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    type of:

    deadly sin, mortal sin

    an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

  3. noun

    any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits

    tree sloth
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    Bradypus tridactylus, ai, three-toed sloth

    a sloth that has three long claws on each forefoot and each hindfoot
    Choloepus didactylus, two-toed sloth, unai, unau

    relatively small fast-moving sloth with two long claws on each front foot
    Choloepus hoffmanni, two-toed sloth, unai, unau

    a sloth of Central America that has two long claws on each forefoot and three long claws on each hindfoot
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    primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America

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