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SLOTH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sloth mean? 

SLOTH (noun)
  The noun SLOTH has 3 senses:

1. a disinclination to work or exert yourself
2. 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
3. apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  Familiarity information: SLOTH used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SLOTH (noun)


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Meaning:

A disinclination to work or exert yourself

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sloth; slothfulness

Hypernyms ("sloth" is a kind of...):

disinclination; hesitancy; hesitation; indisposition; reluctance (a certain degree of unwillingness)


Sense 2sloth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

tree sloth; sloth

Hypernyms ("sloth" is a kind of...):

edentate (primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sloth"):

ai; Bradypus tridactylus; 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)

Holonyms ("sloth" is a member of...):

Bradypodidae; family Bradypodidae (a family of edentates comprising the true sloths)


Sense 3sloth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

acedia; laziness; sloth

Hypernyms ("sloth" is a kind of...):

deadly sin; mortal sin (an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace)


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