[ nair-doo-wel ]
/ ˈnɛər duˌwɛl /
an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; good-for-nothing.
worthless; ineffectual; good-for-nothing.
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Origin of ne'er-do-well
First recorded in 1730–40
SYNONYMS FOR ne'er-do-well
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British Dictionary definitions for ne'er-do-well
an improvident, irresponsible, or lazy person
useless; worthlessyour ne'er-do-well schemes
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