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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Lax
  1. Not tense, firm, or rigid; loose; slack; as, a lax bandage; lax fiber. "The flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy." [Ray.]
  2. Not strict or stringent; not exact; loose; weak; vague; equivocal."The discipline was lax." [Macaulay.]"Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax, in matters of the passions." [J. A. Symonds.]"The word “æternus” itself is sometimes of a lax signification." [Jortin.]
  3. Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.
    synonyms: Loose; slack; vague; unconfined; unrestrained; dissolute; licentious.

Etymology: L. laxus Cf. Laches Languish Lease (v. t.) Leash

noun Lax
A looseness; diarrhea.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Emptying easily or excessively
  2. Lacking in rigor or strictness ("such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable" and "lax in attending classes")
  3. Lacking in firmness or tension; not taut ("a lax rope")
  4. Pronounced with muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')

From Middle English lax, from Old English leax (“salmon”), from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz (“salmon”), from Proto-Indo-European *laḱs- (“salmon, trout”). Cognate with Middle Dutch lacks, lachs, lasche (“salmon”), Middle Low German las (“salmon”), German Lachs (“salmon”), Norwegian laks (“salmon”), Danish laks (“salmon”), Swedish lax (“salmon”), Icelandic lax (“salmon”), Lithuanian lašišà (“salmon”), Latvian lasis, Russian лосо́сь (losósʹ, “salmon”), Albanian leshterik (“eel-grass”). See also lox.

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

From Latin laxus (“wide, roomy, loose”)

    lax was also found in the following language(s): Dacian, German, Icelandic, Latin, Lojban, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Lax

    Peter David Lax is a scientist in the field of mathematics. Peter was born on May 1st, 1926 in Budapest.


    Sunny Lax is a trance music and progressive house record producer. He plays Synthesizer, Drum Machine, Equalizer, etc., and Equalization (audio). His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Sunny was given the name Levente Márton on August 6th, 1986 in Dunaharaszti.



    Anneli was born on February 23rd, 1922. She passed away on September 24th, 1999.


    Jani was born on October 26th, 1977 in Gävle.


    Nir Lax is a soccer player for the Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C., Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla F.C., Israel national under-18 football team, and Israel national under-19 football team. Nir was born on August 10th, 1994 in Rishon LeZion.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Lax U.S.
      White 82.91% 64.26%
      African American 12.37% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.49% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Lax

    • How Popular is the name Lax? As a last name Lax was the 12,766th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Lax first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Lax is Tuesday, November 6th, 1894.
    • How unique is the name Lax? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Lax. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Lax: Your name in reverse order is Xal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lxa. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Lax? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,417 people with the last name Lax.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lax? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lax as their last name since less than 1 person in 122k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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