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I saw this word and definition about two months ago, but I can't remember where; I've been trying to find it ever since. I searched here and found a "lie-in" and elsewhere, "hurkle-durkle", but they both have more negative connotations.

This is a beautiful word for a wonderful feeling and has a good connotation. It's usually the feeling on a weekend or holiday morning when you can lie in bed and be grateful and happy to enjoy the peace and relaxation. Does anyone know a word for that feeling?

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Laze might work:

laze verb
1.a. intransitive. To lie, move, or act in a sleepy listless fashion; to enjoy oneself lazily. Also with adverbs.
[selected sample]
1868   I had a very pleasant time, sailing, fishing, and lazing about.
Source: Oxford English Dictionary (login required)

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  • I do like the fact that this includes "to enjoy oneself...", but I wonder if there are still other words that we can come up with, the "one" I recently heard.
    – Donna
    Jan 15 at 10:32
  • lazing - no one ever says laze
    – Mazura
    Jan 15 at 16:43
  • I would say "having a laze around" Jan 16 at 7:02
  • @Mazura I wouldn't say "having a laze" but I would say "laze around." Jan 18 at 2:16
  • As immortalized for me by Freddie Mercury in "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon"! :)
    – kaveh
    Jan 19 at 13:34
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There's "lounge"

intransitive verb

: to act or move idly or lazily : LOAF
was lounging on the sofa
transitive verb
: to pass (time)
idly returned to Rome to lounge away the remainder of his days —J. A. Froude

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lounge

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  • This is another close word but still not the new one. I wonder if I could combine all of these into one word that I didn't know before--that's the word I'm looking for. Please continue to answer if you have a different word.
    – Donna
    Jan 15 at 10:36
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Chilling in bed.

a cool way of telling someone you sat around doing nothing.

Source: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=chilling

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Luxuriate might work:

luxuriate verb
2.b. In immaterial sense: To take great delight, revel in (something).
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  • This isn't the word I recently learned, but I do like it for this feeling.
    – Donna
    Jan 15 at 10:30
  • Sorry, but for me this just doesn't fit. One can luxuriate in new/clean sheets, or something like that, but enjoying a lie-in just doesn't match this format.
    – MikeB
    Jan 15 at 11:49
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Also potentially relevant is Linger:

Verb

linger (third-person singular simple present lingers, present participle lingering, simple past and past participle lingered)

  1. (intransitive) To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.

  2. (intransitive) To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.

  3. (intransitive, often followed by on) To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytic thinking or discussion.

Source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/linger#English

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You mentioned and discounted hurkle-durkle, but I’d like to argue that it’s the correct one anyway. This image has popped up frequently on social media meme posts in the past year or so, and fits both your timeline and the “good connotation”:

Happiness is HURKLE-DURKLING.

a “word of the day” post, with small stars on a gray background, defining the 200-year-old Scottish term, hurkle-durkle:  “To lounge in bed long after it’s time to get up.”

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  • This does seem familiar, and I wonder if that is where I saw it. When it's stated this way, it does sound much nicer. Thank you!
    – Donna
    Jan 17 at 9:46
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Some suggestions from Roget's Thesaurus:

  • 278 (Slowness) Languish
  • 679 (Inactivity) Slumber, Snooze, Doze
  • 683 (Repose) Lounge
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Bask:

Verb

bask (third-person singular simple present basks, present participle basking, simple past and past participle basked)

  1. To bathe in warmth; to be exposed to pleasant heat.
  2. (figurative) To take great pleasure or satisfaction; to feel warmth or happiness. (Usually followed by "in".)

Source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bask

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    I feel like "bask" is only used when there's some external source of the pleasure -- bask in the glory of victory, bask in his mother's attention, bask in the sun. Even if a lizard basks on a rock, the sun is implied. Jan 15 at 8:04
  • I am enjoying warmth of the covers on my bed, but that's not the main pleasure here.
    – Donna
    Jan 15 at 10:34
  • In addition to basking in the warmth of the covers, you can bask in the quiet of the morning, knowing that when you get out of bed and start taking creaking steps on the stairs and make all the sounds that preparing breakfast makes, everyone will wake up and the quiet will be gone.
    – Stef
    Jan 15 at 16:38
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"vegging out" fits well. aka - act like a vegetable.

Google search, many examples

Cambridge dictionary

Bonus:

A whole slew of Cambridge results here for
"to spend time doing nothing or very little to spend time doing nothing or very little."

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  • Very good contemporary answer
    – Fattie
    Jan 16 at 15:20
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I've found Snerdle, Croozle, Snoodle, Snuzzle, Snudge

But it is beyond my ability to find an official definition for any of them beyond social media posts claiming some variant of being snug, often in the morning. They're all at best archaic and dialectal if not recent-ish fabrications so are unlikely to be understood out of context.

Snerdle was "tweeted" by @susie_dent a few months ago, which would fit your timeline.

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  • Thank you for posted these. I've never heard of any of these but will look into them further. :-)
    – Donna
    Jan 17 at 9:43
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Another rare Scottish word, grufeling, which the 1825 Jamieson’s Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (pdf page 13) defined:

To be grufeling: To lie close wrapped up, and in a comfortable-looking manner; used in ridicule.

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