How do you say LAZY in Italian?

How exactly do you say lazy in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being lazy in Italian. Read on to learn all you need to know!


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Lazy in Italian


Pigro is how you translate lazy into Italian. Let’s hear how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to pee-grow and it comes from the Latin word piger, “slow”. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


boy relaxing

Like all other adjectives in Italian, pigro needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a man is lazy, you will say pigro because man, uomo, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, if you’re talking about a woman, donna, which is a feminine noun, you will say pigra.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe a group of lazy men (masculine plural), use pigri. If you’re talking about lazy women (feminine plural), use pigre instead.

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For example, you could say…

Le mie sorelline sono un po’ pigre.
My little sisters are a bit lazy.

Tom non è assolutamente stupido. È solo pigro.
Tom is definitely not stupid. He’s just lazy.

Questi studenti sono molto pigri.
These students are very lazy.

Leonardo è pigro e viziato.
Leonardo is lazy and spoiled.

spoiled boy stamping his foot

Other translations for lazy in Italian

There are a number of synonyms you can use instead of pigro. The most common are…

Slacker, loafer
(From scansare + fatiche, literally “one who dodges efforts”)

Slacker, loafer
(Derived from non fare nulla, “to do nothing”)

Slacker, loafer

For example, you could say…

Matteo è proprio un pelandrone. Dorme fino a mezzogiorno!
Matteo is such a slacker. He sleeps until noon!

I ragazzi di oggi non sono fannulloni. Pretendono solo i loro diritti.
Today’s youth is not lazy. They only claim their rights.

Muoviti, scansafatiche!
Move it, you slacker!

sloth hanging on a branch

We can also describe a lazy person as essere nato stanco, which literally means “to be born tired”.

Other things that are said to be lazy in Italian are…

  • intestino pigro (lazy bowel)
  • occhio pigro (lazy eye)

For example, you could say…

Ho l’intestino molto pigro. Mangio due kiwi al giorno.
I have a very lazy bowel. I eat two kiwis a day.

Mio figlio dovrà indossare una benda sull’occhio pigro.
My son will have to wear a patch over his lazy eye.

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say lazy in Italian!

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