do-nothing

noun
do-noth·​ing | \ˈdü-ˌnə-thiŋ \

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 \ -​ˌi-​zəm \ 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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do-nothing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of do-nothing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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