do-nothing

1 of 2

noun

do-noth·​ing ˈdü-ˌnə-thiŋ How to pronounce do-nothing (audio)
: a shiftless or lazy person

do-nothing

2 of 2

adjective

: marked by inactivity or failure to make positive progress
do-nothingism noun

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1579, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of do-nothing was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Do-nothing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do-nothing. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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