lay·​about | \ ˈlā-ə-ˌbau̇t \

Definition of layabout

: a lazy shiftless person : idler

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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

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That gives the lie to a recurrent Republican meme that disability is little more than a haven for layabouts and malingerers. Michael Hiltzik,, "Social Security and Medicare trustees confirm: GOP policies have hurt both programs," 5 June 2018 Americans may be big enough to contain both frontier individualists and comfort-seeking layabouts. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation," 19 May 2018 Just a few feet separate the chunky Balenciaga Triple S sneakers ($895) from the earth-tone Rainbow flip-flops ($54) favored by Malibu layabouts. New York Times, "Nordstrom Men: Choose Your Own Adventure," 9 May 2018 Now it’s 10 years later; the kaiju-from-another-dimension invasion (the worst kind) has been quelled, and young Jake is a scavenger and a layabout and a character arc waiting to be put into motion. Michael Phillips,, "'Pacific Rim: Uprising' review: This time, it's impersonal," 21 Mar. 2018 These layabouts wreak enough havoc, what with their aimless loquacity and their tendencies to monopolize wall outlets. Justin Peters, Slate Magazine, "Should This Thing Be Smart? Coffee Mug Edition.," 20 Dec. 2017 But just as millennials chafe at being labeled tattooed layabouts, funny people in their middle years want to be seen as more than just fussy, bossy or out of touch. Nara Schoenberg,, "Over age 34 and still funny? Second City has a class for that.," 20 Oct. 2017 The central conceit was that Foster had given his layabout stepkids six months to find jobs and get out of his 12,000-square-foot house. Eric Konigsberg, Vanities, "How David Foster Became “Patient Zero” of the Kardashian Phenomenon," 19 June 2017 But that’s a trick of historical perspective—even the most feared white supremacists in the lore of Jim Crow were just regular white men, transformed from lives as politicians, mechanics, farmers, and layabouts by the sheer power of ideology. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "When Does a Fringe Movement Stop Being Fringe?," 12 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of layabout

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of layabout was in 1932

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English Language Learners Definition of layabout

informal : a lazy person

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