Definition of layabout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪəbaʊt/


British derogatory
A person who habitually does little or no work: ‘How’d you get mixed up with that layabout?’
More example sentences
  • ‘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.
Australian/New Zealand informal bludger
British informal, chiefly Military  scrimshanker
archaic wastrel
French archaic fainéant

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