(noun, adjective)


1. lacking in rigor or strictness

- such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable

- lax in attending classes

Similar word(s): negligent, slack

2. pronounced with muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')

3. lacking in firmness or tension; not taut

- a lax rope

Similar word(s): loose, drooping, droopy, sagging, limp, floppy, loose, slack, tensionless, wilted

4. emptying easily or excessively

Similar word(s): regular, unconstipated, loose

Sentences with lax as an adjective:

- The rules are fairly lax, but you have to know which ones you can bend.

- The rope fell lax.


1. (now chiefly Britain dialectal, Scotland) A salmon.

2. lacrosse