Definition of layabout in English:



  • A person who habitually does little or no work.

    ‘‘How'd you get mixed up with that layabout?’’
    • ‘She said: ‘People are just jumping to conclusions and saying they're all layabouts.’’
    • ‘National members talk about layabouts and bludgers.’
    • ‘The reason these people, who seem to be mainly male, talentless, 30-something layabouts, conform to such ideals is because they are simplistic (the ideals, of course).’
    • ‘‘I wasn't looked upon as being a layabout or a waster,’ he said.’
    • ‘Young men who are often described as layabouts, louts, thugs, animals and leeches were well represented among them.’
    • ‘Despite the best efforts of the unwashed layabouts who call themselves the anti-capitalist movement, market forces remain the future of our society.’
    • ‘Where can I go to get respite care from these louts and layabouts who are ruining my quality of life in York?’
    • ‘That system was not put in place to encourage layabouts, but to help people who had fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.’
    • ‘And though they were often derided as long-haired layabouts, they actually worked extraordinarily hard to conquer new territories and win over new audiences.’
    • ‘Antoine is a layabout slacker who lives in a lounge at a health club where a friend lets him stay.’
    • ‘And finally, do you consider animals to be lazy layabouts scrounging off our hard-earned wages all the time?’
    • ‘The grandfather-of-eight said: ‘She used to let all sorts in - drug addicts, drunks, layabouts and gangs of young tearaways.’’
    • ‘Then all these scruffy layabouts who had nothing better to do with their time than try to prevent law-abiding country folk from tearing foxes apart could be arrested and prosecuted.’
    • ‘Well, I must be going - I have to be up early for work in the morning - pay all those taxes to subsidise you the layabouts long term unemployed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said: ‘Homeless people are not all a bunch of layabouts.’’
    • ‘Often, there'd be the added distraction of other gangs of local layabouts throwing sticks and stones at you an your way through.’
    • ‘The millions of unemployed of the 1980s were layabouts.’
    • ‘They believe that a trusted company client is unlikely to recommend that they employ a layabout.’
    • ‘To others, however, ‘student’ can suggest smelly, dirty, noisy layabouts who, for whatever reason, are intent on doing as little as possible with their time at university.’
    idler, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, do-nothing, loafer, lounger, shirker, sluggard, slug, laggard, slugabed, malingerer, parasite, leech
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