Meaning of lotus eater in English:

lotus eater

Pronunciation /ˈləʊtəs iːtə/


  • 1Greek Mythology
    A member of a people represented by Homer as living in a state of dreamy forgetfulness and idleness as a result of eating the fruit of the lotus plant.

    • ‘on arrival at the land of the lotus eaters, Odysseus sends out a reconnaissance party’
    1. 1.1A person who spends their time indulging in pleasure and luxury rather than dealing with practical concerns.
      ‘life as a lotus eater in sunny climes appears to be well and truly over’
      • ‘Of course, with cable TV bringing into Indian drawing rooms visions of myriad destinations for everyone from lotus-eaters, the culture-buffs, and the backpackers, folks want to do a great deal more than armchair travelling.’
      • ‘Ennui would set in, as we sophisticated consumers became modern-day lotus-eaters, hooked on channel surfing and material comforts.’
      • ‘And look who they're for: not the lotus-eaters, but everyday folk.’
      • ‘And, in a normal world, this would be an amusing sign of how good we lotus-eaters have it.’
      • ‘The other guests were European, and could be loosely categorised as lotus-eaters.’