do-nothing

noun
do-noth·​ing | \ ˈdü-ˌnə-thiŋ How to pronounce do-nothing (audio) \

Definition of do-nothing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a shiftless or lazy person

do-nothing

adjective

Definition of do-nothing (Entry 2 of 2)

: marked by inactivity or failure to make positive progress

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Adjective

do-nothingism \ ˈdü-​ˌnə-​thiŋ-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce do-nothingism (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of do-nothing

Noun

1579, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of do-nothing was in 1579

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“Do-nothing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do-nothing. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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do-nothing

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How to pronounce do-nothing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of do-nothing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : someone who is lazy

do-nothing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of do-nothing (Entry 2 of 2)

: not willing to work, help, etc.
: failing to achieve or do anything important

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