nounBritish • derogatory
- A person who habitually does little or no work: ‘How’d you get mixed up with that layabout?’More example sentences
idler, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, do-nothing, loafer, lounger, shirker, sluggard, slug, laggard, slugabed, malingerer, parasite, leechAustralian/New Zealand • informal bludgerBritish • informal , chiefly Military scrimshanker• archaic wastrelFrench • archaic fainéant
- ‘I wasn't looked upon as being a layabout or a waster,’ he said.
- No, fancy stuff like that was for the layabouts, the good-for-nothings, the dreamers, those who didn't have a clue as to what was what.
- Young men who are often described as layabouts, louts, thugs, animals and leeches were well represented among them.