Definition of slacker in English:



  • 1A person who avoids work or effort.

    • ‘Contrary to the popular rumor that Generations X and Y are mostly slackers, these young people take action.’
    • ‘Members of Generation X, born between 1963 and 1977, are not slackers.’
    • ‘The hero, Shaun, an aimless slacker, has been recently dumped by his girlfriend and has to cope with his couch-surfing best friend.’
    • ‘Its variants include the skater dude, the stoner dude, the slacker dude, and the surfer-skater-stoner-slacker dude.’
    • ‘An active slacker is better than a passive slacker.’
    • ‘I took this as a justification for my slacker life, quietly snickering at the achievers and believers.’
    • ‘Which of your slacker friends can you get to vote this year?’
    • ‘I still have some last-minute wrapping to do, because I'm a slacker.’
    • ‘Antoine is a layabout slacker who lives in a lounge at a health club where a friend lets him stay.’
    • ‘That's where I am now, actually, helping the idiotic slacker try to get his World History grade up.’
    • ‘Knowledge games can also challenge a slacker child.’
    • ‘However, something terrible happened that prevented me from living my slacker dream.’
    • ‘In short, they are slackers - but, to their credit, slackers with jobs.’
    • ‘Well, I guess I always knew I was a slacker deep down in my heart.’
    • ‘So if Stewart's audience is comprised of stoned slackers, how would Herzog describe O'Reilly's audience?’
    • ‘If I didn't have a kid, I could quit my job, move into a studio apartment somewhere, get a slacker job, and be just fine.’
    • ‘Austin's a slacker town, Linklater's from a slacker culture.’
    • ‘Luke was a brilliant student despite the fact that he was a notorious slacker.’
    • ‘I hate how volleyball has the reputation of being a slacker sport.’
    • ‘For the most part they're the seekers, slackers, and free spirits who tend to avoid the straight life, such as it is, for as long as they can.’
    layabout, idler, shirker, loafer, malingerer, work-dodger, clock-watcher, good-for-nothing, sluggard, slug, laggard
    passenger, lazybones, slugabed, couch potato, cyberslacker
    skiver, lead-swinger, scrimshanker
    gold brick, goof-off
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    1. 1.1US A person who evades military service.
      • ‘Yes, we had slackers, draft dodgers and antiwar advocates, but they got short shrift, little attention and almost no press.’
    2. 1.2North American A young person (especially in the 1990s) of a subculture characterized by apathy and aimlessness.
      • ‘There are the notions of slacker culture, the Latin American ‘mañana’, and ‘Pacific time’.’
      • ‘Additionally, the slacker angle was so very 1990s, so very played out at this point.’
      • ‘‘Some people really didn't like Scumrock because it's a slacker film,’ says McIntosh.’
      • ‘I'm sitting in a massive loft in a slacker neighbourhood where a lot of Montreal's vegetarians live.’
      • ‘Despite their slacker stereotype, many members of Generation X have grown up to be useful and productive members of society.’
      • ‘No one can represent an entire generation - including hippies, slackers, and dotcom CEOs.’
      • ‘Donning my slacker duds, I visited a handful of galleries around New York.’
      • ‘Loners is a drama that depicts the loosely connected lives of a group of 20-ish Czechs who seem to be caught in an early-'90s slacker angst.’
      • ‘Arita is one half of a slacker duo with Nimura, both of whom work at an industrial laundrette.’
      • ‘How do you feel about the slacker pothead stereotype?’
      • ‘Finally, we are shaking off the coma of the stillborn slacker 90s and now there is movement.’
      • ‘Not based on the local artist of the same name, this is instead a fictionalized account of the breakdown of a Montreal slacker artist.’
      • ‘They were a large part of slacker culture, and became poster boys for Generation X.’
      • ‘Yeah, I just don't know how motivated they would be, these stoned slackers.’
      • ‘His droning slacker voice and bizarre lyrics were present, but where were the interweaving guitars?’
      • ‘Because he needs help, McCaleb recruits his slacker neighbor, Buddy Noone to be his driver and gofer.’