[ ley-uh-bout ]
/ ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt /
noun Chiefly British.
a lazy or idle person; loafer.
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Origin of layabout
1930–35; noun use of verb phrase lay about, nonstandard variant of lie about
Words nearby layabout
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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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