[ ley-uh-bout ]
/ ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt /
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noun Chiefly British.
a lazy or idle person; loafer.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of layabout
1930–35; noun use of verb phrase lay about, nonstandard variant of lie about
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British Dictionary definitions for layabout
/ (ˈleɪəˌbaʊt) /
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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