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Definition: Specifically this word means “rabbit-footed” (or an animal that has hairy, woolen, or especially feathery feet), but it can also be used to mean a lax, slack, borderline lazy person (like someone who doesn’t get dressed, and stays on the couch in their pajamas and fluffy slippers all day; legitimate employment or not.)

Pronunciation: lag-GOH-poh-duss


From Greek’s term “lagos” (“rabbit”) and stem “pod-” (of or relating to the foot/feet.) “Lagos” is also a distant, assimilated cousin of English’s “slack” because both terms share a common ancestor in the morphemes of “(s)leg-” or “(s)log-” (meaning “slack”, “loose”); the S is essentially optional, as its evolution through language adoption throughout history sometimes forgot the letter, or just forwent it all together.

Also, there is a relation to Latin’s “laxus” (meaning “loose”), and an equally sprawling relation to descriptions of flop-eared rabbits having “lax” ears.

Why this word?

Not only is it a tongue-twister, this word is particularly beautiful in its own right.

I’ve also decided that words involving laziness, or rabbits, seem to be especially beautiful. “Indolent”, “Lapin”, “Lagomorph”, “Dilatory”, “Lackadaisical”… they’re all so very, very pretty, and receive wonderfully in the ear.

How to use the word lagopodous is a sentence?

Example: “My paternal grandmother was a particularly lagopodous woman, and I’ve been told that I seem to have inherited many of the same behaviours. I can’t tell if I should be offended or pleased by this description– because feeling much of anything besides blissful comfort would mean getting up and paying attention; something I don’t really feel like doing.”


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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.


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