Root & Synonym Clusters 6: Lazy or Lacking Energy Synonyms

On these hot, humid, days, we all tend to feel a little lethargic, torpid, slothful.  And while being lazy never got anyone into top colleges, the CollegeBoard LOVES putting words that mean lazy or lacking energy on the SAT.  So here are a whole bunch of them to learn and associate together:


apathetic – showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern:
lethargic –  sluggish and apathetic
lackadaisical – lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy
indolent – wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.
slothful – lazy
perfunctory – carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection
torpid – mentally or physically inactive; lethargic
listless –  lacking energy or enthusiasm
enervated – drained of energy or vitality
languid – displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed
inert – lacking the ability or strength to move
fatigued – exhausted, having no energy
debilitated – weakened and infrim
jaded – tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something

Here’s a great rap by Josh Wagner to help you remember all these Lazy words:

Click here to download the Lazy Words Rap by Josh Wagner

Lyrics to the rap:


No one wants to study vocab,
They’re apathetic
They show no will- they think it’s pathetic
Even better, they’re lethargic, sluggish- no concern
But if you study vocab you’ll be safe from the burn
Study up now even though you’re enervated
Lacking energy, weakened and infirm,
Debilitated weighted down by the work,
You’re inert, you can’t move
But if you can kick it now, you’ll study to the funky groove
Hey, yo, you feeling lazy?
Lackadaisical, indolent, slothful, maybe?
Well all those words mean lazy, I know it’s kinda crazy
But thanks to Dr. Yo you’ve got a cluster you can study
After the test, go home and take a rest
Be slow and relaxed, languid in fact
You’ll be tired,
No energy, fatigued almost expertly and then you can do minimum, rocking that perfunctory
This study-rhyme-rap is greatly supported with a cluster of vocab,
I bet you’re feeling kinda torpid
Mentally inactive, it isn’t attractive
But if you listen again, you’ll be the comeback kid
Woo, i’m tired….I’m listless…lacking energy….oh never mind….

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