[ slak-er ]
/ ˈslæk ər /


a person who evades his or her duty or work; shirker.
a person who evades military service.
an especially educated young person who is antimaterialistic, purposeless, apathetic, and usually works in a dead-end job.

Origin of slacker

1790–1800; slack1 + -er1; def. 3 popularized by the film Slackers (1991)

Definition for slacker (2 of 2)

Origin of slack

before 900; Middle English slac (adj.), Old English sleac, slæc; cognate with Old Norse slakr, Old High German slach, Latin laxus lax

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British Dictionary definitions for slacker (1 of 3)

/ (ˈslækə) /


a person who evades work or duty; shirker
  1. an educated young adult characterized by cynicism and apathy
  2. (as modifier)slacker culture

British Dictionary definitions for slacker (2 of 3)

See also slacks

Derived forms of slack

slackly, adverbslackness, noun

Word Origin for slack

Old English slæc, sleac; related to Old High German slah, Old Norse slākr bad, Latin laxus lax

British Dictionary definitions for slacker (3 of 3)

/ (slæk) /


small pieces of coal with a high ash content

Word Origin for slack

C15: probably from Middle Low German slecke; related to Dutch slak, German Schlacke dross
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