Origin of slacker
Synonyms for slacker
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of slack1
Synonyms for slack
Examples from the Web for slacker
Contemporary Examples of slacker
In the early days, “if you worked at home and you were a slacker, perhaps you got weeded out faster,” she said.Current, Former Yahoo Employees Question the Ban on Working From Home
February 28, 2013
Despite his slacker credentials, Smith had never had a pot habit.Kevin Smith, Burned Out?
September 2, 2011
Though he's not Clooney, Knocked Up's Rogen isn't the slacker he's often made out to be.Top 10 Unlikely Superheroes in Movies
January 13, 2011
Nicole LaPorte on Pee-wee's first tweet, Diablo Cody's online ethics, and Oprah's slacker ways.Hollywood's Twitter Economy
October 11, 2009
Historical Examples of slacker
If he had a lame leg or a bad foot, he was "started" with a rope's-end as a "slacker."The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore
John R. Hutchinson
"Daren, there are people who called Dick Swann a slacker," returned Lorna, as if forced to give this information.The Day of the Beast
At the outbreak of the war her antipathy to young Stillwell as a slacker had been violent.To Him That Hath
She is a slacker and a shirker, who keeps much in the background during the breeding season.What Bird is That?
Frank M. Chapman
Oh, I know, her husband's a slacker and no real good to anybody.The Real Adventure
Henry Kitchell Webster
- an educated young adult characterized by cynicism and apathy
- (as modifier)slacker culture
- a patch of water without current
- a slackening of a current
Word Origin for slack
Word Origin for slack
popularized 1994, but the meaning "person who shirks work" dates to 1897; agent noun from slack (v.). In early use also slackster (1901). Cf. Old English sleacornes "laziness," which is not, however, an agent noun. Related: Slackerly; slackerish.
Old English slæc "remiss, lax, characterized by lack of energy, sluggish, indolent, languid; slow, gentle, easy," from Proto-Germanic *slakas (cf. Old Saxon slak, Old Norse slakr, Old High German slah "slack," Middle Dutch lac "fault, lack"), from PIE root *(s)leg- "to be slack" (see lax).
Sense of "not tight" (in reference to things) is first recorded c.1300. As an adverb from late 14c. Slack-key (1975) translates Hawaiian ki ho'alu. Slack water (n.) "time when tide is not flowing" is from 1769. Slack-handed "remiss" is from 1670s. Slack-baked "baked imperfectly, half-baked" is from 1823; figuratively from 1840.
"coal dust," mid-15c., sleck, of uncertain origin, probably related to Middle Dutch slacke, Middle Low German slecke "slag, small pieces left after coal is screened," perhaps related to slagge "splinter flying off metal when it is struck" (see slag (n.)).
early 14c., "cessation" (of pain, grief, etc.), from slack (adj.). Meaning "a cessation of flow in a current or tide" is from 1756; that of "still stretch of a river" is from 1825. Meaning "loose part or end" (of a rope, sail, etc.) is from 1794; hence figurative senses in take up the slack (1930 figuratively) and slang cut (someone) some slack (1968). Meaning "quiet period, lull" is from 1851. Slacks "loose trousers" first recorded 1824, originally military.
1510s, "to moderate, make slack," back-formed from slack (adj.) after the original verb veered into the specialized sense of slake. Meaning "be remiss, inactive or idle, fail to exert oneself" is attested from 1540s; current use is probably a re-coining from c.1904 (see slacker, and cf. Old English slacful "lazy," sleacmodnes "laziness"). Related: Slacked; slacking.