Sloth, v. i. To be idle.
Sloth (?), n. [OE. slouthe,
sleuthe, AS. sl?w?, fr. slāw slow. See
Slow.] 1. Slowness; tardiness.
These cardinals trifle with me; I abhor
This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.
2. Disinclination to action or labor;
sluggishness; laziness; idleness.
[They] change their course to pleasure, ease, and
Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor
3. (Zoöl.) Any one of several
species of arboreal edentates constituting the family
Bradypodidæ, 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
☞ The three-toed sloths belong to the genera Bradypus
and Arctopithecus, of which several species have been
described. They have three toes on each foot. The best-known species
are collared sloth (Bradypus tridactylus), and the ai
(Arctopitheus ai). The two-toed sloths, consisting the genus
Cholopus, have two toes on each fore foot and three on each
hind foot. The best-known is the unau (Cholopus didactylus) of
South America. See Unau. Another species (C. Hoffmanni)
inhabits Central America.
Various large extinct terrestrial edentates, such as Megatherium
and Mylodon, are often called sloths.
Australian, or Native sloth
(Zoöl.), the koala. -- Sloth
animalcule (Zoöl.), a tardigrade. --
Sloth bear (Zoöl.), a black or brown
long-haired bear (Melursus ursinus, or labiatus), native of
India and Ceylon; -- called also aswail, labiated bear,
and jungle bear. It is easily tamed and can be taught many
tricks. -- Sloth monkey (Zoöl.),