loaf·​er | \ ˈlō-fər How to pronounce loafer (audio) \

Definition of loafer

1 : one that loafs : idler
2 : a low step-in shoe

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Examples of loafer in a Sentence

an incorrigible loafer who never accomplished anything
Recent Examples on the Web Timothy Blackwood was last seen around 3 p.m. Thursday wearing a black jacket, brown shirt, khaki pants and brown loafers in the 7300 block of Addicks Clodine Road in Harris County. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Help find 65-year-old man last seen near Mission Bend," 6 Dec. 2019 The looks were finished with floppy rain hats — often in gold or silver lame — and flat or heeled loafers and sandals. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Milan: Less is more at Prada, Arbesser keeps it personal," 18 Sep. 2019 The flat was an immediate success and the company soon added a pointed toe style, now the most popular, and then a loafer and a sneaker. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, "How Sustainable Startup Rothy’s Found Success Turning Recycled Water Bottles into Fashionable Footwear," 15 Sep. 2019 Sure, Sperry might be best known for its boat shoes, but the brand also makes great sneakers, loafers, and yes, winter boots. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's Having a Major Sale on Sperry Snow Boots," 18 Nov. 2019 His sentiments are admirably tolerant — and also canny, as his post appeared underneath a photo of himself posing coquettishly in a leopard-print robe, matching loafers, tall pink socks and a chain-link necklace in a magazine. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "Yungblud is a public persona with a public life, who also likes to keep things private," 4 Oct. 2019 The Katy Perry Collections label no longer features either the Rue Face slip-on loafer or the Ora Face block-heel sandal on its website, which featured metal appliques imitating eyes and nose plus exaggerated red lips on the upper part of the shoes. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "The worst fashion missteps of 2019, from bullet-hole hoodies to Gucci's straightjacket," 26 Nov. 2019 Still smooth like a pair of Christian Louboutin Dandelion Suede Venetian loafers worn without socks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres’ burst bubble led to September stupor, which could be sign of culture change," 17 Sep. 2019 In typical Pharrell fashion, there are bucket hats, hoodies, robes, and leather loafers featured in every color of the rainbow. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pharrell Teases His Upcoming Collaboration With Chanel," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of loafer

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loafer

perhaps short for landloafer, from German Landläufer tramp, from Land + Läufer runner

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The first known use of loafer was in 1830

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19 Jan 2020

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“Loafer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loafer. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loafer

: a low shoe with no laces
: a person who does not work hard

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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