Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a lackadaisical attitude.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their attitude was lackadaisical.”)
Something or someone lackadaisical is both lazy and uninterested.
How to use it:
Talk about a lackadaisical person, a lackadaisical attitude, a lackadaisical effort, a lackadaisical approach, a lackadaisical performance, and so on. You can be lackadaisical about something, as in "Quit being so lackadaisical about your homework," and you can talk about the lackadaisical way in which something is done, as in "the office staff's lackadaisical adherence to the dress code."
Our high school choir director, Ms. Whitis, used to chide us for our lackadaisical singing and shout "ENERGY! ENERGY! ENERGY!"
His lackadaisical assignments, when he even turns them in, reveal how utterly little he cares about his grades.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "lackadaisical” means when you can explain it without saying “half-hearted” or “passive."
Think of something that you're only sort of interested in that you used to be really excited about, and fill in the blanks: "I used to really love _____, but now I just _____ lackadaisically."
Example: "I used to really love celebrity news and being the person who delivered it, but now I just glance at the headlines lackadaisically."
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1. The opposite of LACKADAISICAL is
2. The university was _____ for its lackadaisical handling of alcoholism on campus.
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