loafer

[ loh-fer ]
/ ˈloʊ fər /

noun

a person who loafs; lazy person; idler.

Nearby words

  1. loady,
  2. loaf,
  3. loaf bread,
  4. loaf pan,
  5. loaf sugar,
  6. loaiasis,
  7. loam,
  8. loan,
  9. loan collection,
  10. loan council

Origin of loafer

1820–30, Americanism; perhaps short for *landloafer vagabond; compare German (obsolete) Landläufer, Dutch landloper; see landloper

Related formsloaf·er·ish, adjective

Loafer

[ loh-fer ]
/ ˈloʊ fər /

Trademark.

a brand name for a moccasinlike slip-on shoe.
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British Dictionary definitions for loafer

loafer

/ (ˈləʊfə) /

noun

a person who avoids work; idler
a moccasin-like shoe for casual wear

Word Origin for loafer

C19: perhaps from German Landläufer vagabond

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Word Origin and History for loafer

loafer

n.

"idler, person who loafs," 1830, of uncertain origin (see loaf (v.)). As a type of shoe, 1937. Related: Loafers.

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