[ doo-nuhth-ing ]
/ ˈduˌnʌθ ɪŋ /


a person who chooses to do nothing; a lazy or worthless person.


characterized by inability or unwillingness to initiate action, work toward a goal, assume responsibility, or the like: a do-nothing government.

Nearby words

  1. do-gooder,
  2. do-gooding,
  3. do-goodism,
  4. do-it-yourself,
  5. do-little,
  6. do-nothingism,
  7. do-or-die,
  8. do-rag,
  9. do-re-mi,
  10. do-si-do

Origin of do-nothing

First recorded in 1570–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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