What does sloth mean?

Definitions for slothslɔθ or, esp. for 2, sloʊθ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sloth.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sloth, slothfulness(noun)

    a disinclination to work or exert yourself

  2. sloth, tree sloth(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

  3. sloth, laziness, acedia(noun)

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


  1. sloth(Noun)

    Laziness; slowness in the mindset.

  2. sloth(Noun)

    A herbivorous, arboreal South American mammal of the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, noted for its slowness and inactivity.

  3. sloth(Noun)

    A collective term for a group of bears.

  4. Origin: From slouthe, slewthe, from slæwþ, from slaiwiþō, equivalent to . Cognate with sleuth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sloth(noun)

    slowness; tardiness

  2. Sloth(noun)

    disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness

  3. Sloth(noun)

    any one of several species of arboreal edentates constituting the family Bradypodidae, and the suborder Tardigrada. They have long exserted limbs and long prehensile claws. Both jaws are furnished with teeth (see Illust. of Edentata), and the ears and tail are rudimentary. They inhabit South and Central America and Mexico

  4. Sloth(verb)

    to be idle

  5. Origin: [OE. slouthe, sleuthe, AS. slw, fr. slw slow. See Slow.]


  1. Sloth

    Sloths are medium-sized mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, classified into six species. They are part of the order Pilosa and are therefore related to anteaters, which sport a similar set of specialized claws. Extant sloths are arboreal residents of the jungles of Central and South America, and are known for being slow-moving, and hence named "sloths". Extinct sloth species include many ground sloths. Sloths make a good habitat for other organisms, and a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, ciliates, fungi, and algae.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sloth

    slōth, or sloth, n. laziness, sluggishness: a sluggish arboreal animal of tropical America, of two genera (Cholœpus, the two-toed sloth, and Bradypus, the three-toed sloth).—adj. Sloth′ful, given to sloth: inactive: lazy.—adv. Sloth′fully.—n. Sloth′fulness. [A.S. slǽwthsláw, slow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sloth in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sloth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jimmy Minardi:

    Late night eating is the kiss of death. There’s a lot of drinking involved on a cruise and the combination of food and booze basically turns you into a sloth.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

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