layabout

[ ley-uh-bout ]
/ ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt /

noun Chiefly British.

a lazy or idle person; loafer.

Nearby words

  1. lay up,
  2. lay vicar,
  3. lay waste,
  4. lay-by,
  5. lay-up,
  6. layamon,
  7. layard,
  8. layard, sir austen henry,
  9. layaway,
  10. layaway plan

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

layabout

/ (ˈleɪəˌbaʊt) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for layabout

layabout

n.

"habitual loafer," 1932, from lay (v.) + about. One who "lays about" the house, etc.

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