Definition of do-nothing in English:

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Idle or lacking ambition.
Example sentences
  • We know that he's been a do-nothing Senator eaten up with ambition for higher office since day one of his term.
  • Harassing everyone evenly so that you can harass individuals without complaint wastes security resources, and it provides political cover for do-nothing bureaucrats to give the appearance of doing something.
  • She cuckolded her do-nothing spouse in front of his face and with long, tedious rationalizations with which she forced him to agree.


A person who is idle or lacks ambition.
Example sentences
  • His former reluctance to pursue a military solution gave him street cred with the world's do-nothings.
  • Consider the $900 million lawns category: almost 30% of homeowners are do-nothings!
  • On my own desktop, I run weather applications, clocks, graphical do-nothings, power monitors, moon, sun and space weather monitors - all these in addition to classic system resource monitors.

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Syllabification: do-noth·ing

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