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.
Whenever one wishes, at one’s convenience, as in At your leisure, please look over this manuscript and give me your comments. [ 1400s ]
Also see: at leisure
at one’s leisure
- At one’s mercy
compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to […]
- At one’s wit’s end
the last part or extremity, lengthwise, of anything that is longer than it is wide or broad: the end of a street; the end of a rope. a point, line, or limitation that indicates the full extent, degree, etc., of something; limit; bounds: kindness without end; to walk from end to end of a city. […]
- At one’s word
see: take one at one’s word
- At ones heels
the back part of the human foot, below and behind the ankle. an analogous part in other vertebrates. either hind foot or hoof of some animals, as the horse. the foot as a whole: He was hung by the heels. the part of a stocking, shoe, or the like covering the back part of the […]