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April 14, 2022

Lollygag /lale-gag/ verb

Definition:  (v.) spend time aimlessly; idle. The word of the day today is one that we all probably remember hearing our grandparents use when we were growing up and is actually pretty fun/funny to say: lollygag.

Etymology: The word lollygag is said to have originally started making its appearance in the mid 19th century, but the actual origin of the word is unknown. Another variant of the word is lallygag, and both versions of this word appear to have popped up around 1862 in American English, originally created to mean to waste time or dilly-dally.

In a Sentence

I often lollygag on the days that I don’t work since I don’t have any other time-pressing matters.

Do you ever just lollygag through the aquarium or the zoo to find your peace? They’re both great places for your mental health!

Did you lollygag through the beach yet? It’s great for sightseeing!


Drag, Creep


Rush, Speed


  1. Gary A Favero

    I remember this word oh so well. I haven’t heard it in years. Is this word by any chance related to laziness or lackadaisical?

  2. Colleen

    After the pandemic stole my job from me all I can do is lollygag through life hoping my life turns around.

  3. Vern Wilson

    Always loved lollygag and still use it casually and informally. Not sure where I picked it up. Not my parents! Thinking, it may have been one of my favorite high school coaches.


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