lay·​about | \ ˈlā-ə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce layabout (audio) \

Definition of layabout

: a lazy shiftless person : idler

Examples of layabout in a Sentence

she regretted ever asking that layabout to be her roommate, as he created the mess of two people and refused to help with anything
Recent Examples on the Web Benjamin was cast as Dr. Katz’s layabout son, and Silverman as his receptionist. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Melanie Lynskey plays the drug-delivering layabout Hannah who, after getting in trouble with the law, is hired to do tours at a Georgia historical siteas Lady Wadsworth, the matriarch of the manor who died suspiciously in 1875. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 The relationships among the characters feel lived-in; the generational tension between a group of layabout teens, pulling inhumane pranks in the woods, and their pained parents is especially vivid. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 But Yolanda is busy babying Amadeo, Angel’s 33-year-old layabout dad. Meredith Maran, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2021 Hulu’s show tapped in to a certain kind of layabout, day-drinking malaise that is currently missing from a lot of people’s summers. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 7 Aug. 2020 Fourteen-year-old Adunni lives in a Nigerian village with her layabout, alcoholic father and two brothers. Tsitsi Dangarembga, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 Orwell thought of the poor as decent people, but he’d be baffled to observe today that the welfare state has created a class of layabouts who, liberated from economic anguish, shackle themselves to screens, drugs, alcohol. Kyle Smith, National Review, 11 June 2019 The food company, widely admired in the industry for its track record of turning around aging brands, sees opportunity for the Andy Capp’s line of snacks, named after the layabout star of the British comic strip.... Aaron Back, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of layabout

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Layabout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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