freedom from the demands of work or duty:
She looked forward to retirement and a life of leisure.
time free from the demands of work or duty, when one can rest, enjoy hobbies or sports, etc.:
Most evenings he had the leisure in which to follow his interests.
a work written with leisure and grace.
free or unoccupied:
the leisure class.
(of clothing) suitable to or adapted for wear during leisure; casual:
a leisure jacket.
designed or intended for recreational use:
leisure products like bowling balls and video games.
with free or unrestricted time.
without haste; slowly.
out of work; unemployed:
Because of the failure of the magazine, many experienced editors are now at leisure.
at one’s leisure, when one has free time; at one’s convenience:
Take this book and read it at your leisure.
time or opportunity for ease, relaxation, etc
(as modifier): leisure activities
ease or leisureliness
having free time for ease, relaxation, etc
not occupied or engaged
at one’s leisure, when one has free time
early 14c., leisir, “opportunity to do something” (as in phrase at (one’s) leisure), also “time at one’s disposal,” from Old French leisir (Modern French loisir) “capacity; permission; leisure, spare time; free will; idleness, inactivity,” noun use of infinitive leisir “be permitted,” from Latin licere “be permitted” (see licence). The -u- appeared 16c., probably on analogy of words like pleasure. Phrase leisured class attested by 1836.
Slowly, without haste, as in the famous 16th-century proverb, Marry in haste and repent at leisure.
Unemployed, having free time, as in I’m not looking for another job right now; I want to be at leisure for at least a few months. This usage has become less common but is still heard. [ 1300s ]
Also see: at one’s leisure
at one’s leisure
- At length
the longest extent of anything as measured from end to end: the length of a river. the measure of the greatest dimension of a plane or solid figure. extent from beginning to end of a series, enumeration, account, book, etc.: a report running 300 pages in length. extent in time; duration: the length of a […]
- At liberty
freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint: The prisoner soon regained his liberty. permission granted to a sailor, especially in […]
- At loggerheads
a thick-headed or stupid person; blockhead. . . a ball or bulb of iron with a long handle, used, after being heated, to melt tar, heat liquids, etc. a rounded post, in the stern of a whaleboat, around which the harpoon line is passed. a circular inkwell having a broad, flat base. at loggerheads, engaged […]
- At long last
occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page. most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday. being the only one remaining: my last dollar; the last outpost; a last chance. final: in his last hours. ultimate or conclusive; definitive: the last word […]