loaf·​er | \ ˈlō-fər \

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

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His gloved hands clutched an umbrella topped with a gold dragon’s head and floral socks peeked out of tasseled loafers. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 Keep an eye out for the details: This outfit works because the pants are tailored just above the ankle, and the loafers are worn without socks. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Effortless Weekend Style," 1 Nov. 2018 Skip the stilettos and reach for a comfortable pair of loafers or fashion-forward sneakers. Micaela English, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Never Wear While Traveling," 1 Oct. 2018 Tuck into a pair of smart, tailored pants and finish the look with a swaggy loafer or white sneaker. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Spring 2018's Hawaiian Shirts Are More Obnoxious Than Ever (and We Love Them)," 27 Feb. 2018 While Maison Margiela’s patent leather loafers prove that sensible flats needn’t be boring (they can be festooned with beautiful silk scarves). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "His, Hers, Ours: Chic Cold-Weather Basics Beloved by All," 3 Jan. 2019 The pair was adorable as ever, with Charlotte in a white dress, flower crown, tights, and Mary Janes; and George in a shirt, his signature shorts, tights, and white loafers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Gave Prince George the Funniest Look at a Family Friend's Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 When researchers removed some of the hard-working ants, however, a a selection of loafers took up the work. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Lazy Ants Are Great at Avoiding Traffic Jams," 19 Aug. 2018 There are only so many jokes that can be made about charcoal gray suits and loafers. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is Hair the One Thing On Which Male and Female Politicians Are On Equal Footing?," 14 July 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of loafer

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

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