• From Middle English leyser, from Anglo-Norman leisir, variant of Old French loisir ("to enjoy oneself") (Modern French loisir survives as a noun), substantive use of a verb, from Latin licēre ("be permitted"). Displaced native Middle English lethe ("leisure") (from Old English liþian ("to unloose, release"), compare Old English līþung ("permission")), Middle English tom ("leisure") (from , compare ).

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