- a person who loafs; lazy person; idler.
Origin of loafer
- a brand name for a moccasinlike slip-on shoe.
Related Words for loaferwaster, wanderer, malingerer, slouch, lazybones, good-for-nothing, wastrel, idler, deadbeat, do-nothing, slacker, sluggard, shirker, beachcomber, lounger, goof-off, sponger
Examples from the Web for loafer
Historical Examples of loafer
A good worker like him, not a loafer or a drunkard, he could have understood in that case.L'Assommoir
Only one man may be scouted by any one, and that is the loafer.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
And, as for their calling you a loafer—well, that's your own fault, too.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
The loafer came in with a grin of good-nature on his perspiring and dirty face.The Twins of Suffering Creek
What did she think he was—a fool, a loafer, a uniformed nonentity?The Game of Rat and Dragon
- a person who avoids work; idler
- a moccasin-like shoe for casual wear
Word Origin for loafer
"idler, person who loafs," 1830, of uncertain origin (see loaf (v.)). As a type of shoe, 1937. Related: Loafers.