noun Chiefly British.
a lazy or idle person; loafer.
Origin of layabout
1930–35; noun use of verb phrase lay about, nonstandard variant of lie about
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Related Words for layaboutwaster, wanderer, wastrel, malingerer, slouch, lazybones, good-for-nothing, loafer, idler, deadbeat, do-nothing, slacker, sluggard, shirker, beachcomber, lounger, goof-off, sponger, slugabed
a lazy person; loafer
verb lay about
(preposition, usually intr or reflexive) old-fashioned to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions
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